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Subjective well-being in Swedish active seniors and its relationship with physical activity and commonly available biomarkers
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Department of Laboratory Medicine/Clinical Chemistry.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1067-8627
Department of Medical Biosciences/Clinical Chemistry, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Clinical Interventions in Aging, ISSN 1176-9092, E-ISSN 1178-1998, Vol. 9, 233-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Physical activity is claimed to be related to well-being and to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the possible associations of well-being with physical activity and biomarkers of somatic health were studied in a sample of Swedish active seniors to determine the strength of these associations.

Methods: Three hundred and eighty-nine community-dwelling senior citizens (127 men and 262 women) of mean age 74 +/- 5 years were recruited for this cross-sectional population study. Serum samples were analyzed for lipoproteins and markers of inflammation. The Psychological General Well-Being (PGWB) index was used to measure subjective well-being. Physical activity was assessed by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire modified for the elderly.

Results: More than 50% of men and women rated their physical activity as high; in the women, there was a significant difference between the age groups (younger and older than the median age [median =74.1 years], respectively). The mean PGWB index indicates a high degree of subjective well-being in this group of Swedish seniors. Of the PGWB subdimensions, general health had the strongest positive relationship with physical activity (r(2)=5.4%). for the subdimensions of depressed mood, positive well-being, vitality, and PGWB index, physical activity had an r(2)<= 4%, while the contributions of sex, age, and biomarkers were minor.

Conclusion: We have estimated the contribution of physical activity to the variance of subjective well-being in active seniors. Physical activity appears to play a greater role as a determinant of subjective well-being than do biomarkers of somatic health, especially in females, but most of the variance remained unaccounted for by the studied variables.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dove Medical Press , 2014. Vol. 9, 233-239 p.
Keyword [en]
subjective well-being, physical activity, biomarkers
National Category
Geriatrics
Research subject
Geriatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36184DOI: 10.2147/CIA.S63198ISI: 000339920600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905227461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36184DiVA: diva2:742598
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Funding Agency:

Research Committee of Örebro County Council and Nyckelfonden, Örebro, Sweden

Available from: 2014-09-02 Created: 2014-08-28 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Subjective well-being in old age and its association with biochemical and genetic biomarkers and with physical activity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Subjective well-being in old age and its association with biochemical and genetic biomarkers and with physical activity
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro university, 2015. 48 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 115
Keyword
Subjective well-being, Physical activity, Biomarker, Cystatin C, COMT, Cognition, Old age
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Geriatrics
Research subject
Geriatrics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-40408 (URN)978-91-7529-059-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-02-27, Universitetssjukhuset, Bomanssonsalen, Södra Grev Rosengatan, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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