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Teens Should Stay Active to Keep Cholesterol in Check Later

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,

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The more intensely active teenagers are, the  better their cholesterol levels—but they have to keep up the activity for the benefit to continue. That’s what researchers found when they asked 1,826 kids to wear activity monitors for three to seven days at a time when they were 12, 14, and 15 years old. Being active at age 15 was strongly associated with lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, higher levels of HDL (“good”)cholesterol, and healthful changes in other blood fats. Recent activity had a much stronger effect than did prior activity, so keep moving!
Source: PLOS Medicine, published online Sept. 11, 2018