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Subjective well-being in Swedish active seniors and its relationship with physical activity and commonly available biomarkers
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
2014 (English)In: Clinical Interventions in Aging, ISSN 1178-1998, E-ISSN 1178-1998, Vol. 9, 233-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Physical activity is claimed to be related to well-being and to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the possible associations of well-being with physical activity and biomarkers of somatic health were studied in a sample of Swedish active seniors to determine the strength of these associations.

Methods: Three hundred and eighty-nine community-dwelling senior citizens (127 men and 262 women) of mean age 74 +/- 5 years were recruited for this cross-sectional population study. Serum samples were analyzed for lipoproteins and markers of inflammation. The Psychological General Well-Being (PGWB) index was used to measure subjective well-being. Physical activity was assessed by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire modified for the elderly.

Results: More than 50% of men and women rated their physical activity as high; in the women, there was a significant difference between the age groups (younger and older than the median age [median =74.1 years], respectively). The mean PGWB index indicates a high degree of subjective well-being in this group of Swedish seniors. Of the PGWB subdimensions, general health had the strongest positive relationship with physical activity (r(2)=5.4%). for the subdimensions of depressed mood, positive well-being, vitality, and PGWB index, physical activity had an r(2)<= 4%, while the contributions of sex, age, and biomarkers were minor.

Conclusion: We have estimated the contribution of physical activity to the variance of subjective well-being in active seniors. Physical activity appears to play a greater role as a determinant of subjective well-being than do biomarkers of somatic health, especially in females, but most of the variance remained unaccounted for by the studied variables.

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2014. Vol. 9, 233-239 p.
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subjective well-being, physical activity, biomarkers
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Geriatrics Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-92688DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S63198ISI: 000339920600001PubMedID: 25114517OAI: diva2:742323
Available from: 2014-09-01 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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