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J Cardiovasc Risk. 1995 Aug;2(4):316-22.

Exercise and postprandial lipaemia.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Innsbruck, Austria.


Postprandial hyperlipidaemia is a risk factor for atherosclerosis in multiple vascular beds, independently of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. An increased level of HDL cholesterol is a strong indicator of a low risk of atherosclerosis. Exercise decreases postprandial lipaemia and, in turn, increases levels of HDL cholesterol. The favourable effects of exercise on lipoprotein metabolism, particularly evident in the postprandial state, may thus help to decrease susceptibility to atherosclerosis in exercise-trained people.

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