Prevalence of Activity Limitations and Association with Multimorbidity Among US Adults 50 to 64 Years Old.

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BACKGROUND: Functional limitations may be more common in middle-aged adults than previously recognized. However, there are few published data on the prevalence of activity limitations, and their association with multimorbidity, among adults 50 to 64 years old. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of activity limitations and the association with multimorbidity in middle-aged adults. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of US population-based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-2016. PARTICIPANTS: The total number of community-dwelling NHANES participants aged 50-64 years old is 4217. MAIN MEASURES: Chronic conditions included hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, obesity, chronic kidney disease, cancer, stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/asthma, arthritis, and depression. Activity limitations were defined as any difficulty within each of four International Classification of Functioning (ICF) domains: functional limitations (kneeling, carrying, standing, sitting, reaching, grasping, pulling), mobility (walking ¼ mile, climbing 10 steps), basic activities of daily living (BADLs; walking, transferring, eating, dressing), and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs; finances, chores, cooking). We calculated prevalence ratios for activity limitations using generalized estimating equations. KEY RESULTS: The prevalence of functional limitations, mobility limitations, BADL difficulty, and IADL difficulty was 34%, 11%, 15%, and 17%, respectively. Seventy-two percent of participants had two or more chronic conditions; 23% had two, 18% had three, 15% had four, and 16% had five or more. Multivariable adjusted prevalence ratios (95% CI) for functional limitations among those with 2, 3, 4, and 5 or more chronic conditions, compared with 0-1 conditions, were 1.94 (1.43-2.63), 2.50 (1.93-3.23), 3.26 (2.48-4.27), and 4.54 (3.48-5.93), respectively (p trend < 0.001). Larger prevalence ratios at a higher number of chronic conditions were present for mobility limitations, BADL difficulty, and IADL difficulty. CONCLUSIONS: Problems with function are not limited to older adults and multimorbidity may be helpful for identifying middle-aged adults with a high prevalence of activity limitations.

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Cited Authors

  • Bowling, CB; Deng, L; Sakhuja, S; Morey, MC; Jaeger, BC; Muntner, P

Published Date

  • November 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2390 - 2396

PubMed ID

  • 31435766

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6848639

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1525-1497

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11606-019-05244-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States