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Endurance exercise, plasma oxidation and cardiovascular risk.
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PMID:  15636448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Although physical activity is beneficial to health, people who exercise at high intensities throughout their lifetime may have increased cardiovascular risk. Aerobic exercise increases oxidative stress and may contribute to atherogenesis by augmented oxidation of plasma lipoproteins. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between aerobic power and markers of oxidative stress, including the susceptibility of plasma to oxidation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Aerobic power was measured in 24 healthy men aged 29+/-9 years (mean+/-SD). Plasma was analysed from subjects of high aerobic power (HAP; VO2max, 64.6+/-6.1 ml/kg/min) and lower aerobic power (LAP;VO2max, 45.1+/-6.3 ml/kg/min) for total antioxidant capacity (TAC), malondialdehyde (MDA) and susceptibility to oxidation. Three measures were used to quantify plasma oxidizability: (1) lag time to conjugated diene formation (lag time); (2) change in absorbance at 234 nm and; (3) slope of the oxidation curve during propagation (slope). The HAP subjects had significantly lower TAC (1.38+/-0.04 versus 1.42+/-0.06 TEAC units; P < 0.05), significantly higher change in absorbance (1.55+/-0.21 versus 1.36+/-0.17 arbitrary units; P < 0.05), but no difference in MDA (P = 0.6), compared to LAP subjects. There was a significant inverse association between TAC and slope (r = -0.49; P < 0.05). Lipoprotein profiles and daily intake of nutrients did not differ between the groups. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that people with high aerobic power, due to extreme endurance exercise, have plasma with decreased antioxidant capacity and higher susceptibility to oxidation, which may increase their cardiovascular risk.
James E Sharman; Dominic P Geraghty; Cecilia M Shing; David I Fraser; Jeff S Coombes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cardiologica     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0001-5385     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cardiol     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-07     Completed Date:  2005-05-05     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370570     Medline TA:  Acta Cardiol     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  636-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Tasmania, Centre for Human Movement, Launceston, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / blood,  epidemiology,  metabolism
Exercise Tolerance / physiology*
Middle Aged
Oxidative Stress*
Risk Factors

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