Ondrak Publishes on Exercise, Heart Disease, Weight

Written by Laura Paskin
April 9, 2013

Sport and Exercise Science Professor Kristin Ondrak published on the impact of exercise on cardiometabolic risk factors in children as well as the role of sex-related hormones on weight control.
In  Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Children: The Importance of Physical Activity, co-authored with R.G. McMurray (American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, March 2013), she noted that exercise training is related to a lowering of elevated blood pressure, reduced inflammation, and improved vascular function and blood lipid profiles.
In her book chapter “Energy Balance and Weight Control (Male and Female): Considerations” in Endocrinology of Physical Activity and Sport (Humana Press, 2013), she examined sex-related differences in weight control with special attention to the roles of leptin, insulin, ghrelin, catecholamines, cortisol, estrogen and androgens.
“For youth, the importance of physical activity cannot be overstated,” Ondrak said. “For adults looking to lose weight, we are finding that sex-related hormones have an important role in appetite suppression following exercise. These findings are significant for long-term health and wellness, as well as exercise programming and disease risk reduction.”
Ondrak received her doctorate in Human Movement Science from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  An exercise scientist, her areas of expertise include exercise physiology and epidemiology.

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