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Study Finds Exercise Lowers Women’s Cholesterol Levels More Than Men’s

Posted Aug 02 2009 12:00am

A long-term study of over 8,700 healthy middle-aged men and women was concluded and provided results that exercise can benefit women more than men. The researchers found that over a 12-year period, all individuals who increased their exercise to an additional hour of mild or 30 minutes of moderate activity per week displayed decreased levels of triglycerides and increased levels of the “good” HDL cholesterol. However, statistically significant decreases in the “bad” LDL cholesterol were only observed in women, with particularly strong effects in menopausal women and African-American women. The study is reported in the August issue of The Journal of Lipid Research.

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