A comparison of the blood lipid profiles of professional sportspersons and controls

KAYATEKİN B. M., Semin I., Acarbay S., OKTAY G., Selamoglu S.

Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, vol.42, no.4, pp.479-484, 1998 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Journal Name: Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.479-484
  • Keywords: Exercise, HDL-C, LDL-C, Serum lipid levels, Sex
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein- cholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) and HDL- C/TC levels are important in determining the risk of coronary heart disease. The serum lipids and lipoprotein levels of regularly training sportspersons and non-sporting controls were determined and compared with each other to investigate the effects of exercise and sex on these factors. HDL-C levels of male and female training groups were higher than those of corresponding non- sporting groups (respectively P<0.01, P<0.001). The sportswomen's HDL-C levels were higher (P<0.05); and TC, TG, and LDL-C levels were lower (P<0.001) than those of sportsmen's levels. The non-sporting women's TC and TG levels were lower than those of non-sporting men's levels (P<0.001). HDL- C/TC ratio of active females was higher than that of control females (P<0.01). The corresponding difference in males was also significant. We conclude that physical activity and sex have effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease.