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Activity behavior, nutritional status and perceived health in older Brazilian adults: Does the number of chronic diseases matter?

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Sebastiao, Emerson [1] ; Espinoza Galvez, Patricia Andrea [1, 2] ; Nakamura, Priscila Missaki [3] ; Papini, Camila Bosquiero [4] ; Kokubun, Eduardo [3] ; Gobbi, Sebastiao [3]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Illinois, Dept Kinesiol & Community Hlth, Urbana, IL 61801 - USA
[2] Univ Chile, Dept Nutr, Santiago - Chile
[3] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Dept Phys Educ, Rio Claro - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Triangulo Mineiro, Dept Sports Sci, Uberaba - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Geriatrics & Gerontology International; v. 17, n. 12, p. 2376-2382, DEC 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 1

AimThe present study examined activity behavior, nutritional status and perceived health in relation to the number of chronic diseases (ChrD) in a representative sample of Brazilians aged 60 years. MethodsA cross-sectional, population-based study was carried out in a midsize Brazilian city to evaluate different health risk factors. Using a stratified random sampling procedure to select a representative sample of adults, this study interviewed 1572 individuals face-to-face. Our analytical sample focused on those aged 60years (n=355). Statistical procedures were carried out using spss software, with the significance level set as P<0.05. ResultsOlder adults diagnosed with 2 ChrD were significantly less active during leisure time physical activity (P=0.03), presented with significant higher body mass index values (P<0.001) and were approximately fivefold (1.69-17.93) more likely to perceive their health as poor compared with those with zero ChrD. The group with 2 ChrD reported a similar amount of sitting time compared with older adults with zero or one ChrD (P>0.05). ConclusionsHaving multiple ChrD has a negative impact on older adults' leisure time physical activity, body mass index and the perception of health. The findings of the present study underscore the need for more infusive approaches tackling ChrD in Brazil focusing on healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as physical activity. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2017; 17: 2376-2382. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/02229-4 - Physical activity level and main perceived barriers in adults: a Rio Claro city study.
Grantee:Emerson Sebastião
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master