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F-25 Free Communication/Poster - Epidemiology - Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolism, CVD: JUNE 3, 2011 1: 00 PM - 6: 00 PM: ROOM: Hall B

Daily Walking Activities Are Positively Associated With Hypertriglyceridemia In Older Adults Living On Mediterranean Islands


Board #89 June 3 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Tyrovolas, Stefanos; Polychronopoulos, Evangelos; Papairakleous, Natassa; Zeimbekis, Akis; Gotsis, Efthimios; Antonopoulou, Maria; Metallinos, George; Lionis, Christos; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes B.

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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: May 2011 - Volume 43 - Issue 5 - p 785
doi: 10.1249/01.MSS.0000402182.31927.75
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PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between physical activity (daily walking) and the presence of hypertriglyceridemia, in a random sample of elderly people living in the Greek islands, Cyprus and Malta.

METHODS: During 2005-2009, 876 elderly men and 936 elderly women (mean age of 74±7 years) free from known CVD or cancer, living in twelve Mediterranean Islands were enrolled. The retrieved information included demographic, bio-clinical and dietary characteristics. Physical activity was evaluated using the shortened version of the self-reported, International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ).

RESULTS: 36% of males and 34% of females had elevated TG levels. The older participants that had daily exercise for over 20 years of life appeared lower percentage of hypertriglyceridemia than those that exercise for up to 20 years of life (p=0.05). After various adjustments made, 30 minutes of daily walking associated with 15% (95%CI 0.993-1.00) lower likelihood of hypertriglyceridemia. Multiple linear regression analysis after various adjustments made revealed that the longer duration of daily walking seems to be associated with lower level of triglyceride levels (p=0.001)

CONCLUSIONS: Daily walking activities were correlated with lower hypertrilgyceridemia in elders. Promotion of low-intensity physical activities that the elderly can hold up may contribute to reducing their burden of hypertriglyceridemia and provide them with a better quality of living.

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