Inactivity and Cholesterol Problems

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Jonathan Sackner Bernstein, MD
People who are sedentary are more likely to have a lower level of the good cholesterol, so your HDL cholesterol which is protective, it helps to remove the fatty deposits from the walls of the blood vessels, and therefore helps reduce the likelihood that one of those blood vessels is going to lead to, problems in blood vessels that is going to lead to a heart attack or stroke. You want as much good cholesterol as possible. If you're sitting on a couch all day, driving everywhere, and not getting exercise, you're missing out on a chance to increase your good cholesterol level and reduce your risk. So inactivity is definitely an issue that leads to risk.