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The association between sedentary behavior, physical activity and hyperuricemia

Authors Park DY, Kim YS, Ryu SH, Jin YS

Received 3 January 2019

Accepted for publication 14 June 2019

Published 13 August 2019 Volume 2019:15 Pages 291—299

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VHRM.S200278

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Doo Yong Park,1 Yeon Soo Kim,1,2 Seung Ho Ryu,3 Yu Sun Jin1

1Department of Physical Education, College of Education, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 2Department of Physical Education, College of Education, Republic of Korea & Institute of Sport Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 3Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Background: A significant discovery was recently made in which participation in physical activity and sedentary behavior, two contrasting lifestyles, was found to be related to the frequency of hyperuricemia diagnosis. The purpose of this study was to identify the association between sedentary behavior and physical activity levels in South Korean men and women diagnosed with hyperuricemia.
Methods: This study included 161,064 healthy men and women participants who had obtained a complete health examination. Physical activity levels and sitting time were assessed by the validated International Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form Korean version. The presence of hyperuricemia in the subjects was determined by measuring serum uric acid (SUA) concentration (SUA ≥6 mg/dL [male], SUA ≥7 mg/dL [female]). Logistic regression analysis, adjusting other confounding factors, was conducted to identify the association of sedentary behavior and physical activity levels with hyperuricemia (p<0.05).
Results: Subjects who spent ≥10 hr/day in sedentary behavior were more likely to have hyperuricemia than those who spent <5 hour/day in sedentary behavior (OR=1.08, 95% CI=1.03–1.12). The subject group that more frequently participated in health enhanced physical activity (HEPA) had a lower hyperuricemia odds ratio than the subject group with lower physical activity participation rate (OR=0.90, 95% Ci=0.86–0.93). From the analysis of sex (male, female), age (young, middle, older), methods of measuring obesity (body mass index, waist circumference, body fat percentage), the association of sedentary behavior and physical activity levels with hyperuricemia was shown differently in different multivariable models.
Conclusion: Participation in regular physical activity and reduced sedentary time is highly recommended in order to reduce the prevalence of hyperuricemia.

Keywords: epidemiology, healthy lifestyle, uric acid, cardiovascular diseases

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