Researchers have found that obese men (who have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome) can keep their arteries healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke by maximizing their cardiovascular fitness.
Scientists looked at a group of men with varying levels of cardiovascular fitness and metabolic syndrome.
- Cardio fitness was measured by peak oxygen uptake during a standard treadmill test
- Risk for heart disease was measured by their level of arterial stiffness.
Not too surprisingly, the researchers found that the men diagnosed with metabolic syndrome had ,on average, higher levels of arterial stiffness.
However, when the men were separated according to their levels of cardiovascular fitness, they found that all of the men in the highest quartile of fitness had significantly lower levels of arterial stiffness than those men in the lowest quartile of fitness.
That included fit guys who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
In fact, the fit and fat guys had the same levels of arterial stiffness as their skinny yet exercise-adverse brothers.
It is possible for fat guys to be fit guys.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that those fat & fit guys will ever be as fit as their lean & fit workout buddies.