Thursday, May 3, 2007

Vigorous exercise keeps age related weight gain lower

Vigorous Exercise Keeps People Thin With Age ScienceDaily 5/3/07 "...People who maintain a vigorously active lifestyle as they age gain less weight than people who exercise at more moderate levels...The study also found that maintaining exercise with age is particularly effective in preventing extreme weight gain, which is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other diseases...The study, conducted by Paul Williams of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), followed 6,119 men and 2,221 women who maintained their weekly running mileage (to within three miles per week) over a seven-year period. On average, the men and women who ran over 30 miles per week gained half the weight of those who ran less than 15 miles per week...The research is the latest report from the National Runners' Health Study, a 20-year research initiative started by Williams that includes more than 120,000 runners... "

While we're on info from the National Runners' Health study - previous findings here.
"Williams reports that men and women who ran faster had lower blood pressure, triglycerides, body mass index, and narrower hips. That's when adjusted for weekly training distances, age, alcohol intake, and diet. For men, relative to the benefits of running longer weekly distances, running faster is estimated to have 13.3 times greater impact on lowering systolic blood pressure, 2.8 times greater impact on lowering diastolic blood pressure, and 4.7 times greater impact on narrowing waistlines. For women, running faster as versus running longer is estimated to have 5.7 times greater impact on lowering systolic blood pressure.
Running longer distances, on the other hand, had a more pronounced effect on another coronary heart disease risk factor. Running more miles had an over six-fold stronger effect on raising HDL-cholesterol than did running faster. That was the case for both men and women. Numerous studies show that higher HDL cholesterol levels protect against heart disease"

For a more comprehensive and definitely more funky, sorta D&D version of results from Nat. Runners Health Study - look no further than here. The format is actually quite nice and the content succinct. Even the candle is animated. Also info on twins and running - one that runs and one that doesn't. What are the effects? Read on.

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