In a study by Indiana University, activity was shown to have an inverse relationship with arterial stiffening in middle aged adults. Middle aged adults who participated in vigorous exercise for more than 200 minutes a week were shown to have a vast decrease in arterial stiffness when compared to middle aged adults who were either moderately or completely inactive. Women when inactive were shown to have the greatest risk for arterial stiffness and cardiovascular disease, possibly due to a more sedentary lifestyle than inactive men.
- In a preliminary study, researchers found high levels of exercise helped prevent arterial stiffening, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease
- Active men and women showed little difference in arterial stiffness, but inactive women had more arterial stiffness than inactive men.
- The study was presented at a medical meeting; conclusions, according to author Robert Preidt, “should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.”
This research “reinforces the idea that activity could be more influential than aging on some health factors.”