Midlife Determinants Associated with Sedentary Behavior in Old Age

J.D. van der Berg*, H. Bosma, P. Caserotti, G. Eiriksdottir, N.Y. Arnardottir, K.R. Martin, R.J. Brychta, K.Y. Chen, T. Sveinsson, E. Johannsson, L.J. Launer, V. Gudnason, P.V. Jonsson, C.D.A. Stehouwer, T.B. Harris, A. Koster

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Background: Sedentary behavior is associated with adverse health effects. Insights into associated determinants are essential to prevent sedentary behavior and limit health risks. Sedentary behavior should be viewed as a distinct health behavior; therefore, its determinants should be independently identified. Purpose: This study examines the prospective associations between a wide range of midlife determinants and objectively measured sedentary time in old age. Methods: Data from 565 participants (age 73-92 yr) of the AGESII-Reykjavik Study were used. Participants wore an accelerometer (ActiGraph GT3X) on the right hip for seven consecutive days. On average, 31 yr earlier (during midlife), demographic, socioeconomic, lifestyle, and biomedical factors were collected. Linear regression models were used to examine prospective associations between midlife determinants and sedentary time (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1359-1365
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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