Physical activity and its association with cardiovascular risk factors in Vietnam

Au Thuy, Leigh Blizzard, Michael Schmidt, Luc Pham, Robert Granger, Terry Dwyer

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    Abstract

    This study examined physical activity in leisure time and at work as estimated by the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ) and the associations between both total and domain-specific physical activity with cardiovascular risk factors in a population-based Vietnamese sample. Participants (n = 1978) were 25- to 64-year-old adults selected by stratified multistage sampling. Leisure activity contributed to <5% of total moderate and vigorous activity and was not associated with cardiovascular risk factors. Total moderate and vigorous activity was associated with body composition (r = -0.16 to -0.22; P <.001), blood glucose (r = -0.07; P <.05), and total cholesterol (r = -0.17; P <.001) for men and with total cholesterol (r = -0.07; P <.05) for women after adjusting for age. Further adjustment for smoking and alcohol intake made negligible changes. These associations were largely driven by work activity, which accounted for 80% of total activity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)308-317
    Number of pages10
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

    Keywords

    • body composition
    • cardiovascular disease
    • developing countries
    • measurement
    • physical activity
    • risk factor

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