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Duration-response association between exercise and HDL in both male and female Taiwanese adults aged 40 years and above

Cheng-Feng Jan, Hui-Chin Chang, Disline Manli Tantoh, Pei-Hsin Chen, Wen-Hsiu Liu, Jing-Yang Huang, Min-Chen Wu and Yung-Po Liaw _

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Oncotarget. 2018; 9:2120-2127. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.23251

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Cheng-Feng Jan1, Hui-Chin Chang2,3, Disline Manli Tantoh2, Pei-Hsin Chen2, Wen- Hsiu Liu2, Jing-Yang Huang2, Min-Chen Wu1 and Yung-Po Liaw2,4

1Office of Physical Education, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan

2Department of Public Health and Institute of Public Health, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung City, Taiwan

3Library, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan

4Department of Family and Community Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan

Correspondence to:

Yung-Po Liaw, email: [email protected]

Keywords: HDL; exercise; duration-response; Health Promotion Administration; Taiwan

Received: June 10, 2017     Accepted: December 01, 2017     Published: December 14, 2017


Background: Exercise is an important cardiovascular risk reducing therapy.

Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between weekly exercise duration and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) in Taiwanese men and women.

Methods: Data were retrieved from the dataset of the national adult preventive medical services which is recorded under the Health Promotion Administration (HPA). The lipid profiles of 194528 eligible participants aged 40 years and above who completed a questionnaire on recent health behavior including smoking, drinking, exercise and other factors in 2014 were determined. Weekly exercise durations of 0.0, <2.5 and ≥2.5 hours were classified as no, below recommended and recommended, respectively. The relationship between exercise and HDL-c was determined using linear regression.

Results: After multivariate adjustments, a duration-response association existed between exercise and HDL-c (P-trend <0.0001) in both sexes. Weekly exercise durations of <2.5 and ≥2.5 hours were both positively associated with HDL-c (P <0.0001) in both sexes. However, the associations were stronger in males than females in both exercise groups. Smoking (P <0.05) and BMI (P <0.0001) were negatively associated while drinking was positively associated with HDL-c in both sexes.

Conclusion: This study demonstrated a duration-response association between exercise and HDL-c. Exercise at durations below the minimum weekly recommendation of 2.5 hours was positively associated with HDL-c.

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