The Dose-Response Relationship Between Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health in Young Adults.

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PURPOSE: Guidelines recommend 150 minutes of weekly moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) for all adults, although physical activity level correlation with cardiometabolic health is not well characterized for young adults. We determined the dose-response relationship of MVPA on measures of cardiometabolic health in young adults. METHODS: We examined young adults (aged 20-29 years; N = 5,395, 47.9% female) in the 2003-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Exposures were objective (accelerometer based) and self-reported weekly mean minutes of MVPA. Cardiometabolic outcome measures were body mass index (BMI), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), total cholesterol, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. The dose-response relationships were assessed with unadjusted spline analyses. Sex-stratified outcomes were modeled using multivariable linear regression with mean estimated change presented for 150-minute dose increases of MVPA. RESULTS: Among females, associations between objective activity and cardiometabolic measures were all linear. Compared with no activity, 150 minutes of objective activity was associated with a lower BMI (-1.37 kg/m2) and total cholesterol (-4.89 mg/dL), whereas 150 minutes of self-reported activity was associated with a higher HDL (1 mg/dL) and lower diastolic blood pressure (-.42 mm Hg). Among males, an inflection point was identified in the dose-response curves for objective activity with BMI around 100 minutes. Compared with no activity, 150 self-reported minutes was associated with lower BMI (-.26 kg/m2), higher HDL (.52 mg/dL), and lower total cholesterol (-1.35 mg/dL). CONCLUSIONS: The dose-response relationships between physical activity and cardiometabolic markers in young adults were predominantly linear, supporting public health calls for any increase in physical activity in this population.

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Cited Authors

  • Frank, HR; Mulder, H; Sriram, K; Santanam, TS; Skinner, AC; Perrin, EM; Armstrong, SC; Peterson, ED; Pencina, M; Wong, CA

Published Date

  • August 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 201 - 208

PubMed ID

  • 32571756

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1972

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.04.021


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States