28 Mar '16, 8am

Does running harden your arteries?

Does running harden your arteries?

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports on a recent conference presentation that found higher rates of atherosclerosis - hardening and narrowing of the arteries - in competitive masters athletes running more than 35 miles a week or cycling more than 93 miles a week compared to those running less or not at all. The first thing to note is that this is a conference presentation that hasn’t yet been published or peer-reviewed. It was presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in August 2015; I initially figured that I’d hold off on writing about it until the results are published, since not all the methodological details are available and these analyses sometimes change quite drastically by the time they’ve been peer-reviewed. However, now that it’s making the rounds, I’ll add my two cents. The WSJ article gives the study details. In brief, researchers at...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/health/does-running-harden-...

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