In a study of children with type I diabetes, researchers have found for the first time that higher levels of physical fitness are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels (LDL). This is a significant finding because lower levels of cholesterol and LDL reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The study, performed at the Diabetes Center of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, measured the levels of physical fitness, cholesterol, and LDL of 77 high school-aged boys and girls.
The researchers also discovered that the more physically fit children had better control over their blood sugar levels. A report on this study appears in the February, 1993, issue of Diabetes Care.