A recent study published in the journal PLoS One claims that exercise may increase heart risk for some people. According to the study’s abstract, researchers conclude that “adverse responses to regular exercise in cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors occur,” and “identifying the predictors of such unwarranted responses and how to prevent them will provide the foundation for personalized exercise prescription.” The study was led by Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., professor of genetics and nutrition and former executive director at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The medical and scientific community has received the study’s findings with mixed feelings.

“It is an interesting and well-done study,” said Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in an interview published in the New York Times on May 30th.

Still, some experts worry about the implications of such provocative results. “There are a lot of people out there looking for any excuse not to exercise,” said William Haskell, emeritus professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, in a New York Times interview published on May 30th. “This might be an excuse for them to say, ‘Oh, I must be one of those 10 percent.’” Read more about this story…

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