The association of levels of physical activity with metabolic syndrome in rural Australian adults

dc.contributor.author Janus, Edward Denis
dc.contributor.author Schoo, Adrianus Martinus
dc.contributor.author Vaughan, Clare Maree
dc.contributor.author Philpot, Benjamin Joel
dc.contributor.author Kai-Lo, Sing
dc.contributor.author Davis-Lamaloise, Nathalie
dc.contributor.author Vartiainen, Erkki
dc.contributor.author Dunbar, James Anthony
dc.contributor.author Laatikainen, Tiina K M
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-30T06:12:12Z
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dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.description © 2009 Vaughan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en
dc.description.abstract Background : Physical activity (PA) reduces risk factors related to metabolic syndrome. Rurality influences the way people incorporate physical activity into daily life. The aim of this study is to determine the association of PA level with metabolic syndrome in a rural Australian population. The influence of adiposity on these associations is also investigated. Methods : Three cross-sectional population health surveys were conducted in south-east Australia during 2004–2006 using a random population sample (n = 1563, participation rate 49%) aged 25–74 years. PA was assessed via a self-administered questionnaire, and components of the metabolic syndrome via anthropometric measurements taken by specially trained nurses and laboratory tests. Results : Approximately one-fifth of participants were inactive in leisure-time and over one-third had metabolic syndrome (men 39%, women 33%; p = 0.022). There was an inverse association between level of PA and metabolic syndrome (p < 0.001). Men who were inactive in leisure-time were more than twice as likely and women more than three times as likely to have metabolic syndrome compared with those having high PA. Body mass index (BMI) is a mediating factor in the association between level of PA and metabolic syndrome. Conclusion : Some PA is better than none if adults, particularly women, are to reduce their risk of metabolic syndrome and associated vascular diseases. Specialised interventions that take rurality into consideration are recommended for adults who are inactive. en
dc.identifier.citation Vaughan, C.M., Schoo, A.M., Janus, E.D., Philpot, B.J., Davis-Lamaloise, N., Kai-Lo, S., et al. (2009). The association of levels of physical activity with metabolic syndrome in rural Australian adults. BMC Public Health, 9(273) en
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-9-273 en
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458
dc.identifier.rmid 2006013326
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/33118
dc.rights © 2009 Vaughan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en
dc.rights.holder Vaughan et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en
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dc.subject.forgroup 1117 Public Health and Health Services en
dc.title The association of levels of physical activity with metabolic syndrome in rural Australian adults en
dc.type Article en
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Schoo, Adrian Martinus M: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9368-0778 en_US
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