Prevalence of multiple behavioral risk factors for chronic diseases in adults aged 50+, from eleven European countries - the SHARE study (2004)

Manolis Linardakis*, Emmanouil Smpokos, Angeliki Papadaki, Ioannis D. Komninos, Nikos Tzanakis, Anastas Philalithis

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Abstract

Objective. To estimate the prevalence and the associations between multiple behavioral risk factors (MBRFs) for chronic diseases in European adults.

Method. Data from 26,743 individuals, aged 50 + years, participating in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) (2004/05) were used. MBRFs included physical inactivity, high body weight, smoking habits and risky alcohol consumption. Estimations were based on weights according to the complex sampling design.

Results. In total, 71.2% of individuals were physically inactive, while 59.8% had high body weight 53.4% had 2+ MBRFs, while males presented higher prevalence of MBRF clusters than females (P

Conclusion. The prevalence of MBRFs was considerably high in this sample of European adults, while not living alone and having higher education may prove protective. These findings could be used for the design of primary healthcare programs by health professionals. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-172
Number of pages5
JournalPreventive Medicine
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Chronic diseases
  • Prevalence
  • Behavioral risk factors
  • OLDER-ADULTS
  • HEALTH BEHAVIORS
  • POPULATION
  • OBESITY
  • OVERWEIGHT
  • MORTALITY
  • WOMEN
  • MEN

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