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Stanley S.C. Hui, Neil Thomas and Brian Tomlinson

Background:

The impact of physical activity, aerobic fitness, and body composition on coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors in Hong Kong Chinese adults has not been previously investigated.

Methods:

The study surveyed 707 randomly selected middle-age Hong Kong Chinese by telephone for Physical Activity Rating (PAR). Three hundred and sixteen respondents (age: 45.1 ± 8.1 y) participated in subsequent aerobic fitness testing (VO2max) and CHD risk factor screening.

Results:

More than 70% of respondents did not have sufficient levels of physical activity. Fifty percent of the men and 19.5% of the women had two or more CHD risk factors. PAR correlated poorly with VO2max and CHD risk factors. VO2max showed significant associations with CHD risk factors. The adjusted odds ratios of having CHD risk factors for unfit participants ranged from 1.11 to 6.61 as compared to fit participants. Obese but fit individuals demonstrated lower odds of CHD risk factors than the obese and unfit individuals. WC was found to be a stronger predictor for CHD risk factors than BMI.

Conclusions:

The prevalence of CHD risk factors in middle-age Chinese in Hong Kong was high and was related to levels of aerobic fitness and obesity.

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Walking Ability in the Elderly Maija Hassinen * Pirjo Komulainen * Timo A. Lakka * Sari B. Väisänen * Rainer Rauramaa * 7 2005 2 2 3 3 298 298 306 306 10.1123/jpah.2.3.298 Relationship Between Physical Activity, Fitness, and CHD Risk Factors in Middle-Age Chinese Stanley S.C. Hui * Neil

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* 1 2006 3 1 112 123 10.1123/jpah.3.1.112 Age-Differences in GH Response to Exercise in Women: The Role of Fitness, BMI, and Insulin Lauren Gulka * James Dziura * Loretta DiPietro * 1 2006 3 1 124 134 10.1123/jpah.3.1.124 PCPFS Research Digest Physical Activity and Non-Traditional CHD Risk

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Francini Vilela Novais, Eduardo J. Simoes, Chester Schmaltz and Luiz R. Ramos

intervention on physical activity, diet and CHD risk factors . Patient Educ Couns . 2008 ; 70 ( 1 ): 31 – 39 . PubMed ID: 17997263 doi:10.1016/j.pec.2007.09.014 17997263 10.1016/j.pec.2007.09.014 34. Valerio MP , Novais FV , Ramos LR . Effects of two interventions aiming at increasing the level of