This thesis examines the influence of moderate exercise, attainable by a large
percentage of the population, on lipoprotein metabolism in the fasted and postprandial
states in normolipidaemic subjects.
A cross-sectional study in middle-aged men and women (endurance athletes,
recreational exercisers and sedentary controls) revealed that the more favourable fasted
blood lipid profiles found in athletes were also apparent in recreational exercisers, with
higher high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol concentrations in female (1.94 v 1.57
mmol.l-1, p<0.05), but not male (1.50 v 1.34 mmol.l-1 NS), recreational exercisers
than sedentary controls. HDLz cholesterol concentrations were higher in both male
(26%, p<0.05) and female (42%, p<0.01) recreational exercisers than controls. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.