Effects on blood lipids and body weight in high risk men of a practical exercise program

George Sopko, David R Jacobs Jr, Robert W Jeffery, Maurice Mittelmark, Kristine Lenz, Elizabeth Hedding, Randy Lipchik, Wendy Gerber

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The effects of moderate exercise on serum total cholesterol (TC), high density (HDL-C), low density (LDL-C), and very low density (VLDL-C) lipoprotein cholesterol fractions, triglycerides (TG), body weight (BW) and skinfolds (SF) were studied during a 12-week period among 23 sedentary middle-aged men. The results show that regular exercise in men eating a fat-modified diet alters in a favorable direction body fat, weight and lipoprotein fractions. Weight loss with exercise significantly increased HDL-C (P = 0.01), although this increase in HDL-C occurred after a latency period of at least 6 weeks and an average weight loss of at least 4 lbs. The amount of exercise effective in risk factor reduction is within the capacity of most middle-aged men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-229
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1983

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Funding Information:
Supported in part by a grant from the School of Public Health, University 100695225), by NHBLI (NOlHV2-2976C). and by a Research Career Development (HL-00287). Address for reprints: George Sopko M.D., M.P.H., Department of Medicine, nesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, U.S.A.


  • Exercise
  • Lipoprotein fractions
  • Serum lipids


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