Effects of aerobic exercise on lipids and lipoproteins

Lipids Health Dis. 2017 Jul 5;16(1):132. doi: 10.1186/s12944-017-0515-5.


Dyslipidemia is the risk of cardiovascular disease, and their relationship is clear. Lowering serum cholesterol can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. At present, the main treatment is taking medicine, however, drug treatment has its limitations. Exercise not only has a positive effect on individuals with dyslipidemia, but can also help improve lipids profile. This review is intending to provide information on the effects of exercise training on both tranditional lipids, for example, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides and new lipids and lipoproteins such as non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and postprandial lipoprotein. The mechanisms of aerobic exercise on lipids and lipoproteins are also briefly described.

Keywords: Aerobic exercise; Coronary heart disease; Dyslipidemia; Lipoprotein.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Disease / blood
  • Coronary Disease / metabolism*
  • Dyslipidemias / blood
  • Dyslipidemias / metabolism*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Lipoproteins / blood
  • Lipoproteins / metabolism*
  • Risk Factors


  • Lipoproteins