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J Sci Med Sport. 2018 Jul;21(7):702-707. doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.10.035. Epub 2017 Nov 7.

Accelerometer-measured sedentary time and physical activity-A 15 year follow-up of mortality in a Swedish population-based cohort.

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Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Electronic address:
Department of Biosciences and Nutrition (BioNut), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
UKK Institute, Finland.
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Functional Area Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.



To investigate the associations of objectively assessed sedentary time, light intensity physical activity (PA), moderate to vigorous intensity PA (MVPA), and total PA with all-cause mortality and mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer in a Swedish population-based cohort with 15 years follow-up time.


Longitudinal prospective cohort study.


Data from 851 persons (56% women) ≥35 years at baseline were included. Primary exposure variables were time (min/day) spent sedentary, in light intensity PA and in MVPA, and total counts from an Actigraph 7164 accelerometer. Data on all-cause mortality and mortality from CVD or cancer were obtained from Swedish registers. Cox proportional hazards models estimated hazard ratios (HR) of mortality with 95% confidence intervals (CI).


Compared with the least sedentary participants, those in the most sedentary tertile had an increased risk of all-cause mortality, HR: 2.7 (1.4, 5.3), CVD mortality, HR: 5.5 (1.4, 21.2) and cancer mortality, HR: 4.3 (1.2, 16.0). For all-cause mortality, those in the highest light intensity PA tertile had a HR 0.34 (0.17, 0.67) compared with the lowest tertile. A similar pattern was found for CVD and cancer mortality. More time spent in MVPA was associated with the largest risk reduction for CVD mortality, with an almost 90% lower risk in the tertile with the most time in MVPA.


This study confirms a strong inverse relationship between MVPA and mortality, and adds new insight for the understanding of the associations between sedentary time and light intensity PA and mortality.


Accelerometry; Epidemiology; Mortality; Physical activity; Prospective; Sedentary behaviour

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