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Revista Cubana de Medicina

versão impressa ISSN 0034-7523versão On-line ISSN 1561-302X

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AGUIRRE-RUEDA, Diana; CHANAGA-MEZA, Sergio  e  OVALLE-BACCA, Sebastián. Levels of physical activity and anthropometric indicators of cardiovascular risk in aged women. Rev cubana med [online]. 2021, vol.60, n.2, e1636.  Epub 01-Jun-2021. ISSN 0034-7523.

Introduction:

Worldwide, the number of aged adults by 2030 will be around 16.5%, becoming around 21.5% by 2050. Currently, in Colombia, the number of aged adults is at 11% of the total population. Physical activity is a strategy to improve functional physical condition, quality of life, autonomy and independence in aged adults. Similarly, in this population cardiovascular risk increases, being higher in women than in men.

Objective:

To determine the level of physical activity and assess cardiovascular risk by anthropometric measures in aged women from Centros Vida in Bucaramanga city.

Methods:

A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out. The sample consisted of 128 aged women, aging between 60-85 years. To determine the level of physical activity, the World Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ) was applied. Cardiovascular risk was assessed through anthropometric measurements of height, weight, BMI, percentage of fat, waist circumference, hip circumference, and waist / hip ratio.

Results:

89.84% of the population performs commuting physical activity and 48.43% performs free-time physical activity. In anthropometric indicators of cardiovascular risk, BMI of 28.05 (25.08-31.65) kg / m2, a 43.60 (40.20-46.55) percentage of fat and a waist index / hip of 0.89 (0.85-0.91).

Conclusions:

Aged women show cardiovascular risk despite being physical activity at moderate intensity.

Palavras-chave : physical activity; cardiovascular risk, anthropometry; women; Elderly.

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