Call for regular child exercise to cut cardiovascular disease risk

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention should start in childhood, say German researchers.

The call comes after the research team, from the University of Leipzig, found that intensive regular exercise for 45 minutes a day could increase the amount and function of circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs).

EPCs are a known marker of atherosclerosis risk, with lower levels strongly correlated with poor vascular function in atherosclerosis.

After one year, children who exercised every day saw an increase in EPCs by 69% compared with children who did not exercise.

American Heart Association scientific sessions, New Orleans 2008

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