Workouts improve heart health

The risk of heart disease increases owing to smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, abnormal blood fat levels and physical inactivity. Inflammation of blood vessel is an important reason that may cause heart complications. C-reactive protein is a chemical marker of such inflammation. A few years ago, researchers from Japan found that reducing C-reactive protein through weight loss, achieved by a combination of workouts and proper eating, slowed down the development of heart disease. However, the subjects who gradually lost weight alone experienced maximum amount of reduction in blood vessel inflammation.

So, what is the take-home lesson of this study? Start working out and eating right to maintain and improve heart health. But do not rush things.

Ref: Arterioscler Thromb Vasc. Biol, 24:1868-1873, 2004

_ C. Lakshmi Kumar

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