Sitting Time, Physical Activity, and Risk of Mortality in Adults

Published on Apr 1, 2019in Journal of the American College of Cardiology18.639
· DOI :10.1016/j.jacc.2019.02.031
Emmanuel Stamatakis64
Estimated H-index: 64
(USYD: University of Sydney),
Joanne Gale8
Estimated H-index: 8
(USYD: University of Sydney)
+ 3 AuthorsDing Ding26
Estimated H-index: 26
(USYD: University of Sydney)
Abstract Background It is unclear what level of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) offsets the health risks of sitting. Objectives The purpose of this study was to examine the joint and stratified associations of sitting and MVPA with all-cause and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, and to estimate the theoretical effect of replacing sitting time with physical activity, standing, and sleep. Methods A longitudinal analysis of the 45 and Up Study calculated the multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) of sitting for each sitting-MVPA combination group and within MVPA strata. Isotemporal substitution modeling estimated the per-hour HR effects of replacing sitting. Results A total of 8,689 deaths (1,644 due to CVD) occurred among 149,077 participants over an 8.9-year (median) follow-up. There was a statistically significant interaction between sitting and MVPA only for all-cause mortality. Sitting time was associated with both mortality outcomes in a nearly dose-response manner in the least active groups reporting  8 h/day) to the least sedentary ( 6 sitting h/day) where, for example, the per-hour CVD mortality HR for sitting replaced with vigorous activity was 0.36 (95% confidence interval: 0.17 to 0.74). Conclusions Sitting is associated with all-cause and CVD mortality risk among the least physically active adults; moderate-to-vigorous physical activity doses equivalent to meeting the current recommendations attenuate or effectively eliminate such associations.
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