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Written by: Tony Mazzon
3/15/2012 11:00 AM  RssIcon

Good morning,
 
Men concerned with heart health should add vigorous exercise to their to-do-list. New research published by the American College of Sports Medicine indicates that three hours a week of vigorous exercise is enough to cut a man's risk of heart attack by 22 percent.
 
Researchers with the Harvard school of public health analyzed physical activity levels and biomarkers in 1,239 male participants. Biomarkers included cholesterol as well as markers of inflammation and insulin sensitivity for each participant. A semiannual questionnaire was used to collect information on average time spent on leisure-time and physical activity per week. 
 
Researchers discovered that vigorous-intensity exercise decreases a man’s risk of heart attack, they also were able to partially determine why. The benefits of exercise on a man's levels of HDL-C, or good cholesterol, account for roughly 38 percent of the decrease. Other key marker changes occurred in vitamin D, apolipoprotein B and hemoglobin A1c.
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks heart disease as the nation's leading cause of death among men. Between 70 and 89 percent of all sudden cardiac events occur in men, and nearly half of men who have a heart attack before age 65 die within eight years. The conclusions outlined in this release are those of the researchers only, and should not be construed as an official statement of the American College of Sports Medicine.
 
Stay motivated, be safe!

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