Report Claims Strength Training Can Improve Vascular Function

Resistance exercise training is more beneficial in young black men than in Caucasian men of the same age

According to a report in the Journal of Human Hypertension, six weeks of weight training can significantly improve blood markers of cardiovascular health in young African-American men.

“This suggests that resistance exercise training is more beneficial in young African-American men than in Caucasian men of the same age,” said Bo Fernhall, the dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Blacks have higher rates of cardiovascular disease than Caucasians, Fernhall said. In particular, “hypertension, stroke and kidney disease are much, much higher in the African-American population,” he said.

Read about the study at News Bureau Illinois

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