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Relationships Between Frequency of Moderate Physical Activity and Longevity: An 11-Year Follow-up Study
Blekinge Inst Technol, Karlskrona, Sweden;Linnaeus Univ, Vaxjo, Sweden.
Blekinge Inst Technol, Karlskrona, Sweden.
Lund Univ, Lund, Sweden.
Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2018 (English)In: Gerontology and geriatric medicine, E-ISSN 2333-7214, Vol. 4, p. 1-8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: Moderate physical activity gains survival. There are, however, several variables that may affect this relationship. In this study, the relationship between moderate physical activity and longevity was investigated, taking into account age, gender, smoking habits, cohabitation status, body mass index, leg strength and balance, education level and cognitive function. Method: A sample of 8,456 individuals aged 60 to 96 years, representative of the Swedish population, was included. Participants were followed from 2004 to 2015. Cox regression analyses were used to investigate the predictive value of physical activity on longevity. Results: Participants still alive in the follow-up measure were more physically active on a moderate level. Being active 2 to 3 times a week or more was related to a 28% lower risk of not being alive at the follow-up measure. Discussion: The low frequency of physical activity, necessary for survival benefits should be considered in public health programs.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC , 2018. Vol. 4, p. 1-8
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old age, physical activity, survival
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390274DOI: 10.1177/2333721418786565ISI: 000475369700052PubMedID: 30046648OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390274DiVA, id: diva2:1341276
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