BR scientists discover exercise may not be good for all sedentary adults

Published: May. 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Exercise is good for the vast majority of people, but new science out of the LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge suggests it may not be for some.

Scientists at the center have discovered a small fraction of sedentary adults saw their risk for illnesses like heart disease and diabetes actually go up with exercise. In this study, as many as seven percent of participants developed at least two risk factors for cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure, increased cholesterol and unhealthy blood sugar levels were among the danger signs monitored in the study. Any of them could increase a person's odds of having a heart attack or stroke.

The findings could lead to screenings to single out patients at risk for cardiovascular disease who may actually do better without exercise.

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