Want to hold off high cholesterol?

2012-02-05 10.36.42Want to hold off high cholesterol? Cardio exercise such as running may be the answer, a new study suggests…

A new study has shown that higher levels of cardio fitness may help delay age-related increases in blood cholesterol.

The research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looked at the triglycerides, the most common form of fat in the body, along with the levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) in over 11,000 men compared with their cardiorespiratory fitness levels.

It was found that men with high fitness levels were at a lower risk of developing high levels of low-density lipoprotein, with it not becoming a notable issue until their mid-40s in comparison with it being a risk factor from the early 30s in men with lower fitness levels.

Also, men with high fitness levels maintained healthy levels of high-density lipoprotein, while men with lower fitness levels had these levels become abnormal from as early as their 20s.

Lead author Yong-Moon Mark Park, M.D., said “These findings suggest that improving cardiorespiratory fitness levels may delay the onset of dyslipidemia (abnormal amounts of fats in the blood),” meaning if you’re looking to help hold off high cholesterol, it might be a good start to get running.

by Georgia Scarr



    1. Take up regular cardio vascular exercise like running, cycling or swimming the latest research indicates an increase in hdl levels of cholesterole produced naturally by the body during prolonged exercise, the pathology of hdl/ldl is that hdl will help to reduce damaging levels of your ldl (bad cholesterol). I have noticed a drop in my clients cholesterol levels after 3 months of training.


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