Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Levels of physical activity may outweigh CVD risk due to overweight and obesity

Impact of physical activity on the association of overweight and obesity with cardiovascular disease: The Rotterdam Study

Literature - Koolhaas CM, Dhana K, Schoufour JD, et al. - Eur J Prev Cardiol 2017; published online ahead of print

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In this long-term follow-up study, only overweight and obese participants with low PA, and not those with high PA, were at increased risk for CVD, when compared to participants with normal weight. These findings suggests that regular PA reduces CVD risk in these individuals and that further benefits can be gained from maintaining a healthy weight.


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