A Race Too Far?
In a Minneapolis Heart Institute study, men who’d completed marathons for 25 consecutive years showed surprising levels of arterial plaque – 62% more than sedentary men. Study author Dr Jonathan Schwartz says the physical stress of training and races, including elevated heart rate and blood pressure, can expose tissue to a damaging acidic environment. “This may be another example of ‘Everything in moderation,’ ” he says.
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