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Physical activity and the metabolic syndrome in elderly German men and women : results from the population-based KORA survey

Hahn, Valerie and Halle, Martin and Schmidt-Trucksäss, A. and Rathmann, W. and Meisinger, C. and Mielck, A.. (2009) Physical activity and the metabolic syndrome in elderly German men and women : results from the population-based KORA survey. Diabetes care : the journal of clinical and applied research and education : a journal of the American Diabetes Association, Vol. 32. pp. 511-513.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the optimal duration and intensity of exercise for elderly people for the prevention of the metabolic syndrome. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: The population-based Cooperative Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA) S4 Survey with 1,653 participants aged 55-74 years was used to investigate the relationship between the metabolic syndrome and physical activity. RESULTS: Fifty-seven percent of men and 48% of women showed clinical symptoms of the metabolic syndrome. Leisure activities were common (<80% walked <30 min/day). Sports activities performed regularly for >or=1 h per week reduced the odds of having the metabolic syndrome (odds ratio 0.70 [95% CI 0.49-1.02] for men and 0.74 [0.53-1.04] for women), and sports activities <2 h per week were even more effective (0.62 [0.42-0.92] for men and 0.59 [0.39-0.89] for women). In contrast, activities such as walking and cycling did not have an additional influence. CONCLUSIONS: Intense physical activity by the elderly should be promoted in addition to leisure physical activity for the prevention of the metabolic syndrome.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Sport, Bewegung und Gesundheit > Bereich Sport- und Bewegungsmedizin > Sportmedizin (Schmidt-Trucksäss)
UniBasel Contributors:Schmidt-Trucksäss, Arno
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:American Diabetes Association
ISSN:0149-5992
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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