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Interval Training Coupled With Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk Of Heart Disease

October 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A Canadian study has found that people with abdominal obesity – and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol – can reduce that risk by participating in high-intensity interval training coupled with nutritional counseling on the Mediterranean diet. Researchers reported an average reduction in waist circumference of eight centimeters, a reduction in systolic blood pressure of 6 mm Hg and an aerobic fitness improvement of 15 percent over the first nine months of the study. On average, blood sugar levels improved by 23 percent in diabetic participants; the improvement was about 10 percent in individuals with pre-diabetes.
Mathieu Gayda et al., "Training Mediterranean Diet Cuts Health Risks in Obese Individuals", News release, study released at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, October 24, 2013, © Gayda et al.
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