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Being fat and unfit linked to inflammation risk

October 20th, 2008 12:00 am by Staff Report

Medical News Today is reporting that US scientists found that men who were fat and unfit were more likely to have raised levels of white blood cells, a marker for inflammation in the body that is believed to raise the risk of coronary heart disease and other illnesses.

The cross-sectional study was carried out by researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and colleagues from other research centres, and was published online on 17 October in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM)
Corresponding author, Dr Timothy S Church, who is John S. McIlHenny professor in Health Wisdom at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and colleagues examined the link between fitness, BMI (body mass index), and concentrations of a subfraction of white blood cells in 452 healthy, non-smoking men.

The men were taking part in a study known as the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study, which is examining the relation of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness to health in the middle and later years of life.

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