Exercise to mitigate cardiometabolic disorders after spinal cord injury

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The cardiometabolic disorder (CMD) is a syndrome caused by coalescing of cardiovascular, endocrine, pro-thrombotic, and inflammatory health risks. Together, these risks confer a hazard as health-threatening as coronary artery disease or type2 diabetes, whether an individual has a diagnosis of coronary disease or diabetes, or not. CMD is most often defined by three or more of five clinically assessed risk components, notably obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, and depressed high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Evidence currently suggests that worldwide CMD is expanding at a pandemic rate, and it is known that people living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) qualify for the diagnosis at more than 50% of the prevalence of a non-disabled cohort. A recent evidence-based guideline warned of the current state of CMD following SCI and recommended early lifestyle intervention incorporating exercise and prudent nutrition as a first-line disease countermeasure. This monograph will define the CMD following SCI, explore its underlying pathophysiology, and provide evidence that recommends exercise for CMD health hazards after SCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-11
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pharmacology
StatePublished - Feb 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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