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|Author: ||terry malloy|
|Subject: ||RE: Death and Heart Issues in Elite Athletes|
I wonder how much heart disease in elite athletes has to do with overtraining. People who are under a lot of stress, like type-A personalities, tend to die early and have heart issues, partly because of high cortisone levels. Really intense training does the same thing as being stressed out as far as stressing your body, so I can see it causing health issues.
A lot of those guys in the 70s were known for having crappy diets, though, so that could play into their health issues.
Diet is the key. For too long many endurance athletes believed that endurance training provided a veneer of protection for the cardiovascular system. We now know that it's not the case. At least not if other risk factors are at play. The right diet, on the other hand, gives much more protection. It's also not 100% protective, but it certainly provides more heart protection than exercise. The best combination is a good diet AND sensible exercise.
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