Plasma Steroids are Not Associated with Resting and Exercise Blood Pressure

Zihong He, Tuomo Rankinen, Arthur S. Leon, James Skinner, André Tchernof, Claude Bouchard

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We investigated the associations between steroid hormones and resting and exercise blood pressure in the sedentary state and in response to an exercise program controlling for sex, body mass, ethnicity, age, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, smoking and alcohol intake in subjects from the HERITAGE Family Study. In the sedentary state, 267 men (28% Blacks) and 301 women (37% Blacks) were available, and 241 men and 254 women completed the exercise program. Fourteen steroid hormones and sex hormone-binding globulin concentrations were assayed in a fasted state. Statistical significance was set at a Bonferroni adjusted p<0.0001. After controlling for the various covariates, only testosterone came close to a significant correlation with exercise systolic blood pressure at 50 W (r=-0.21, P=0.0006) in men. No other correlations with resting and exercise blood pressure traits were found at baseline. There were significant changes in blood pressure in response to the exercise program, but none of the correlations with baseline plasma steroids reached statistical significance. Plasma steroids do not correlate with resting and exercise blood pressure in sedentary adults and do not associate with blood pressure changes in response to a 20-week endurance exercise program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)967-971
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • endurance exercise
  • hypertension
  • sedentary
  • submaximal intensity

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  • Journal Article

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