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Men benefit more from midlife leisure-time physical activity than women regarding the development of late-life disability : results of the KORA-Age study

Strobl, Ralf and Müller, Martin and Thorand, Barbara and Linkohr, Birgit and Autenrieth, Christine S. and Peters, Annette and Grill, Eva. (2014) Men benefit more from midlife leisure-time physical activity than women regarding the development of late-life disability : results of the KORA-Age study. Preventive medicine : an international journal devoted to practice and theory, Vol. 62. pp. 8-13.

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Abstract

Encouraging physical activity is an important public health measure to reduce disability prevalence in the aged. The aims of this study were to determine the association between midlife physical activity and late-life disability and to investigate gender-specific differences.; This data originates from the KORA-Age cohort, a follow-up in 2008 of the MONICA (Multinational Monitoring of Trends and Determinants in Cardiovascular Diseases)/KORA (Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg) S1-S4 surveys (1984-2001) situated in Augsburg, a city in Southern Germany. We applied a multivariable hurdle model to investigate the association of physical activity and disability.; We analysed 3333 persons with a mean follow-up of 18±5.5years. Using hurdle models, moderate activity and high activity had a protective effect on the occurrence of disability (OR (odds ratio)=0.80 and 0.73), but not on severity (i.e. number of limitations). We observed a strong gender-specific difference in this association, with men benefitting more from exercise.; Elevated physical activity reduces the risk of becoming disabled and postpones the onset of disability by several years, but we could not show an effect on the severity of disability. In addition, men seem to benefit more from leisure-time physical activity than women.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Former Units within Swiss TPH > Physical Activity and Health (Kriemler)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
UniBasel Contributors:Autenrieth, Christine
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1096-0260
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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