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Postprandial metabolism and physical activity in Asians: a narrative review

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posted on 18.10.2021, 11:14 by Chihiro Nagayama, Stephen Burns, Alice ThackrayAlice Thackray, David StenselDavid Stensel, Masashi Miyashita
The widespread benefits of physical activity in enhancing health and lowering the risk of non-communicable chronic diseases are well established across populations globally. Nevertheless, the prevalence of several lifestyle-related chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, varies markedly across countries and ethnicities. Direct ethnic comparative studies on the health benefits of physical activity are sparse and evidence-based physical activity guidelines are not ethnicity specific. Indeed, physical activity guidelines in some Asian countries were developed primarily based on data from Western populations even though the magnitude of potential benefit may not be the same among different ethnic groups. Unfavourable diurnal perturbations in postprandial triglyceride and glucose are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This narrative review summarises differences in these risk factors primarily between individuals of Asian and white European descent but also within different Asian groups. Moreover, the variable effects of physical activity on mitigating risk factors among these ethnic groups are highlighted along with the underlying metabolic and hormonal factors that potentially account for these differences. Future ethnic comparative studies should include investigations in understudied ethnic groups, such as those of East Asian origin, given that the effectiveness of physical activity for ameliorating cardiovascular disease varies even among Asian groups.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Journal of Sports Medicine

Volume

42

Issue

11

Pages

953-966

Publisher

Thieme Publishing

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Thieme Publishing under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/04/2021

Publication date

2021-08-09

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0172-4622

eISSN

1439-3964

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Alice Thackray. Deposit date: 20 April 2021