June 1997 Issue
Exercise and Drop Pounds to Boost HDL's
It's well-known that exercise can boost high-density lipoproteins (HDL's, the "good" cholesterol). But is it the exercise or the resulting weight loss that's responsible? For those who are overweight, raising HDL's enough to matter may require losing weight along with exercise. In a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh Heart Institute, exercising without shedding excess pounds resulted in only modest increases in HDL's. In the study, the researchers carefully controlled for weight
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