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Am J Public Health. 2003 Feb;93(2):318-23.

Relation of dietary quality, physical activity, and smoking habits to 10-year changes in health status in older Europeans in the SENECA study.

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  • 1Division of Human Nutrition and Epidemiology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. rhaveman@freeler.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study investigated the effect of healthy lifestyle behaviors on self-rated health and self-care ability over a 10-year follow-up period in older persons in the SENECA study.

METHODS:

Health status and lifestyle behaviors were examined in 1988/1989, 1993, and 1999 in 216 men and 264 women, born between 1913 and 1918, from 7 European countries.

RESULTS:

Self-rated health and self-care ability declined in men and women with healthy and unhealthy lifestyle habits over the 10-year follow-up period. Inactive and smoking persons had an increased risk for a decline in health status as compared with active and nonsmoking people. No effect of a healthy, Mediterranean-like diet on the deterioration in health status was observed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Being physically active and nonsmoking delayed deterioration in health status in older participants aged 70 to 75 years in the SENECA study.

PMID:
12554593
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PMCID:
PMC1447737
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