The effect of exercise and fish oil supplements on the blood lipid levels of the hamster
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The effect of aerobic exercise and fish oil supplements on plasma lipid parameters was investigated in the hamster. The hamsters were fed a basal hypercholesterolemic purified diet (0.1% cholesterol, 15% fat) to elicit an elevated lipid response. Fifty-six hypercholesterolemic hamsters were divided into four groups: control, swimming (trained up to one hour every other day), daily fish oil supplementation (.35g/kg/day omega-3), and a swimming/fish oil combination. The effect of these treatments on plasma TC, TG and pooled samples of plasma HDL-C, HDL2â C, LDL-C and VLDL-C was studied over 12 weeks. All hamsters had a significant increase in body weight. Feed intakes increased at 6 weeks and then declined over the second 6 weeks, but remained above the beginning levels.
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