Monday, December 22, 2008

The Harder You Run, The Healthier You Become

Wow, this shows that the more intense you run, the greater the health

Get out there and run.

- Rick

Relationship of Running Intensity to Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, and Diabetes
October 28, 2008 - Medscape Today - Paul T. Williams

Purpose: To estimate the independent relationships of running intensity with
antihypertensive, LDL-cholesterol-lowering, and antidiabetic medication use
when adjusted for running volume (km·d-1).

Methods: Self-reported medication use was compared cross-sectionally to
running pace (m·s-1 during usual run) in 25,552 male and 29,148 female
National Runners' Health Study participants.

Results: The men ran a mean ± SD of 5.2 ± 3.1 km·d-1 at 3.3 ± 0.5 m·s-1 (8.3
± 1.4 min·mile-1) and the women 4.7 ± 2.9 km·wk-1 at 3.0 ± 0.4 m·s-1 (9.2 ±
1.8 min·mile-1). When adjusted for kilometers per day, each meter-per-second
increment in intensity in men and women reduced the odds for
antihypertensive drug use by 54% and 46%, respectively, reduced the odds for
LDL-cholesterol-lowering medication use by 55% and 48%, respectively, and
reduced the odds for antidiabetic medication use by 50% and 75%,
respectively (all P < r =" 0.55;" r =" 0.49),">

Conclusions: Although these results do not prove causality, they show that
exercise intensity is inversely associated with the prevalence of
hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes independent of exercise
volume and cardiorespiratory fitness (10-km performance), suggesting that
the more vigorous the exercise, the healthier the health benefits.

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Keywords - Running, Diabeties, Hypertension

Rick Kaselj
Registered Kinesiologist Specializing in Injury Rehabilitation
Surrey, BC, Canada
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