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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: 11/12 2021 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 - p 2
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000709
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INCREASING CARDIORESPIRATORY FITNESS IMPROVES BLOOD PRESSURE, METABOLIC HEALTH, AND KIDNEY FUNCTION OF CHILDREN

A study to be published in the November 2021 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® investigated the association of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF, peak V˙O2) with blood pressure, blood pressure status (elevated vs. normal), markers of metabolic health, and kidney function in children with normal (NA) and excessive (EA) adiposity.

The study included 211 children ages 7 to 10 years. Blood was collected in the fasting state. CRF was measured using an incremental cycle ergometer test, and body composition was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Blood pressure was assessed as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 guidelines. Multiple logistic and linear regression analyses were used to model the probability of high blood pressure (HBP), systolic blood pressure percentile (SBP-P), diastolic blood pressure percentile (DBP-P), and other variables of interest (plasma lipids, HOMA2-IR, alanine transaminase [ALT], and estimated glomerular filtration rate) against peak V˙O2.

The results showed higher CRF associated with improved SBP-P, DBP-P, and kidney function in children, regardless of adiposity status. Increasing CRF in children with EA associated with decreased probability of clinical HBP, lower levels of insulin resistance (HOMA2-IR), and improved liver function (ALT). The authors concluded that all children benefit from increasing CRF and that CRF improvement should be considered as a therapeutic strategy for the reduction of cardiovascular disease risk in children with EA and for the protection of target organs (i.e., kidneys).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR ACSM’s INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT THIS SPRING

ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit for 2022 is set for Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Dallas, TX. The summit is the one place where health fitness professionals like you can explore the full spectrum of the field. You can gain insights from experts and earn continuing education credits by attending sessions, which integrate the science and practice of sports medicine and exercise science.

The summit is the best place to learn how to put the latest scientific findings into practice. Sessions originate from a science core, and speakers deliver practical sessions that you can put into action immediately. Stay tuned to https://www.acsm.org/health-fitness-summit for more information on the 2022 Summit.

WORLDWIDE FITNESS TRENDS SURVEY RESULTS WILL PUBLISH IN JANUARY

The 16th annual worldwide fitness trends survey results will be released in the January/February 2022 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. This issue will take an international look at the fitness trends and will not only cover the U.S. trends but also include results from similar surveys conducted in Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Spain, and Mexico. Find out which health and fitness trends will be ranked in the top 20 for 2022 and read expert commentaries from around the world about the results. You will not want to miss this issue!

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