A recent study has determined that teenagers who exercise and have better aerobic fitness have a lesser chance of developing heart conditions. The study also suggested that higher aerobic threshold could be linked to better arterial health. Dr Eero Haapala, one of the lead researchers said, “In our study, we showed for the first time that the anaerobic threshold is also related to arterial stiffness.”
“The strength of determining anaerobic threshold is that it does not require maximal effort,” Haapala explains. “The results of our study can be used to screen increased arterial stiffness in adolescents who cannot perform maximal exercise tests.” “Because the development of cardiovascular disease is a long process, sufficiently intense physical activity starting in childhood may be the first line in the prevention of early arterial ageing,” Haapala explained.
55 Finnish adolescents between the ages of 16 and 19 years were surveyed for the study. The association of directly measured peak oxygen uptake and anaerobic threshold with arterial stiffness was measured for the study. The study showed that teenagers with a higher anaerobic threshold had lower arterial stiffness than other teenagers. Stay tuned for more updates.