For those of you gearing up for yet another lengthy endurance sports season, consider a recently released study about elite marathoners. Researchers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and Foundation found that these runners faced a greater risk of accumulating plaque in their coronary arteries – despite having less body fat, lower LDL cholesterol levels, and lower heart rates. Per one of the researchers:
You have to consider that these runners may be in a constant state of inflammation, and that may be why we are seeing more plaque.
This is yet another pillar of support for the notion that systemic inflammation plays a much more substantial role in coronary artery disease than dietary fat or cholesterol.
So do you still want to do those three marathons this year?