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Physical activity and its association with cardiovascular risk factors in Vietnam


Thuy, AB and Blizzard, L and Schmidt, MD and Pham, LH and Granger, RH and Dwyer, T, Physical activity and its association with cardiovascular risk factors in Vietnam, Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24, (2) pp. 308-317. ISSN 1010-5395 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1010539510379394


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:physical activity, body composition, risk factor, cardiovascular disease, measurement, developing countries
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thuy, AB (Dr Thuy Au)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Schmidt, MD (Dr Michael Schmidt)
ID Code:80719
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2012-11-08
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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