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Exercise May Increase Heart Risk For Some

Buried in the ‘Well’ [sic] section of the From New York Times:

Can Exercise Be Bad for You?

May 30, 2012

Could exercise actually be bad for some healthy people? A well-known group of researchers, including one who helped write the scientific paper justifying national guidelines that promote exercise for all, say the answer may be a qualified yes.

By analyzing data from six rigorous exercise studies involving 1,687 people, the group found that about 10 percent actually got worse on at least one measure related to heart disease: blood pressure and levels of insulin, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides. About 7 percent got worse on at least two measures. And the researchers say they do not know why

It’s either Bush’s fault or global warming.

Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the lead federal research institute on heart disease and strokes, was among the experts not involved in the provocative study who applauded it. “It is an interesting and well done study,” he said.

Others worried about its consequences.

“There are a lot of people out there looking for any excuse not to exercise,” said William Haskell, emeritus professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. “This might be an excuse for them to say, ‘Oh, I must be one of those ten percent.’"

Whatever happened to just giving us the facts, and letting us decide what to do? Besides, who needs an excuse not to exercise?

But counterbalancing the ten percent who got worse were about the same proportion who had an exaggeratedly good response on at least one measure. Others had responses ranging from little or no change up to big changes, seen in about 10 percent, where risk factor measurements improved anywhere from 20 to 50 percent…

Different strokes for different folks.

Authors of the study say people should continue to exercise as before, but, might also consider getting their heart disease risk factors checked on a regular basis

“I am an exercise guy — I believe in exercise for health,” [said] Dr. Kraus [who was one of the authors of the study]. “I would rather have everyone exercise. But you can’t ignore the data.”

Which is a lot like how every study that debunks manmade global warming has to include some statement saying that the authors still believe in global warming.

Still, he added, even if someone does not get the expected benefit in some heart risk factors, there are other reasons to exercise — for mental health and to improve physical functioning

But are those things really worth risking your life for?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 31st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Exercise May Increase Heart Risk For Some”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    We now have an excuse to sue the 1st Lady.

  2. yadayada says:

    “…about 10 percent actually got worse on at least one measure related to heart disease: blood pressure and levels of insulin, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides.”

    um, excuse me, but I think that equals 4 measures related to heart disease.

    maybe they’re using the same math reserved for unemployment figures

    but can anyone stop the ban on selling soda pop in NY?
    why can’t those eeevil giant capitalist corporations take that to court?

  3. canary says:

    True story. Since Obama care passed my insurance goes up and gives little. The family practice I’ve gone to for 24 years has it’s own lab, x-rays. Prior to Obama care my insurance started paying for a physical each year, which is a joke, but your basic blood work is included.

    Today they took 3 viles of blood and called me to tell me they made a mistake in lab and when I signed at the lab (which I didn’t) I should have noticed a sign that said Lab One. huh? So, I was told to come get my blood, which they had in the refrigerator, and they’d tell me the address to take my blood to.

    No way. I’m going to pick it up and freeze it or throw it in the trash.
    And I’m going to increase jogging in an isolated area until I drop of a heart attack, because
    I’m seeing so much crazy mistakes in hospitals that the government wants people dead.
    On top of errors beyond anything I’ve seen in hospitals to an elderly patient, the many doctors means to me they want old people dead. They booted and elderly woman out of the Specialty Hospital because she wouldn’t let them cut her leg off. They booted her to a nursing home, and it’s getting better.
    I’ve seen so much change that a new President can not possibly undo all the damage and crazy changes in health care, because President’s aren’t medically trained and they won’t know what to do.

    I mean when Obama’s own doctor says Obama Care is bad and won’t work (in the book out), I have no idea his explanation at this time, but perhaps he means in saving lives it won’t work.

    Do no harm is joke. And if you think hospice is making patients comfortable in their death, you are wrong.

    I’ll buy a one way ticket to some muslim country where I most likely won’t last one day.

    If I can’t afford a one way ticket, than I’ll walk to Mexico and put on a police uniform. They get swatted immediately like a fly.

    I know Democrats that aren’t going to vote for Obama just because Obama Care.

  4. canary says:

    The U.S. House approves killing girls.


    Someone please tell me If I’ve lost my mind that Republicans sided with the Democrats. Please tell me this is a mistake.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    Studies once proclaimed that drinking ice water caused heart attacks.

    I gave up paying attention to studies

    “Studies” = jobs programs for people who can’t get real work

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