Impaired relaxation of blood vessels is associated with being overweight or obese and is considered part of the mechanism by which excess weight contributes to cardiovascular risk: the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. A study published in the journal Obesity (August, 2010) showed that regular aerobic exercise (for only three months!) improved blood vessel relaxation even without weight loss. Other studies have shown that dietary weight loss without exercise also improved blood vessel relaxation.
Such studies remind us that there is more than one way to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Practical Health Strategies helps you find the one that works for you.