Exercise is Good for Good Cholesterol

Forty minutes of aerobic exercise done three times a week produces a small but real increase in high density lipoprotein (HDL), otherwise known as “good cholesterol,” according to a study published in the May 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Increased HDL is good, since it aids in the removal of an artery-clogging form of cholesterol called low-density cholesterol. The build-up of low-density cholesterol along arterial walls – a process called plaque formation – causes atherosclerosis (“hardening of the ateries”), which can make the heart work harder to pump blood through narowed arteries. Furthermore, bits of plaque can break away and subsequently block a narrower portion of an artery, reducing or completely stopping blood flow. The consequences – heart attacks, “mini strokes”, and full-blown strokes – afflict over 5 million North Americans each year. Read more….

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