Central European Journal of Medicine

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 273–282 | Cite as

Dose-response association between physical activity and metabolic syndrome

  • Migle BacevicieneEmail author
  • Dalia Ieva Luksiene
  • Vida Janina Cesnaitiene
  • Sandra Raubaite
  • Anne Peasey
  • Abdonas Tamosiunas
Research Article



Study was aimed to examine the association between the level of physical activity and metabolic syndrome and it’s components in Lithuanian urban population.


Data from the survey of the HAPIEE (Health, Alcohol, and Psychosocial factors In Eastern Europe) study were presented. A random sample of 7115 individuals aged 45–72 years was screened in 2006–2008. Physical activity was assessed in hours of physically demanding activities and sports in a typical week. The diagnostic criteria for the metabolic syndrome were determined by National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel report.


Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome was 27.2% in men and 34.2 in women. In the highest physical activity level prevalence of the metabolic syndrome decreased from 33.3% to 24.5% in men and from 38.6% to 32.9% in women as compared to the lowest physical activity level (p<0.01). The multivariable adjusted odds ratios for the metabolic syndrome in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th physical activity quartiles were 1.00, 0.68, 0.69, 0.51 in men (p<0.0001) and 1.00, 0.76, 0.78, 0.75 in women (p=0.001).


Physical activity has a significant protective role on metabolic disorders. Adequate leisure-time physical activity is an important nonpharmacological and low-cost alternative in preventing the metabolic syndrome.


Physical activity Lifestyle Metabolic syndrome Population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Migle Baceviciene
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dalia Ieva Luksiene
    • 2
  • Vida Janina Cesnaitiene
    • 1
  • Sandra Raubaite
    • 1
  • Anne Peasey
    • 3
  • Abdonas Tamosiunas
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Physical Activity EpidemiologyLithuanian Sports UniversityKaunasLithuania
  2. 2.Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Academy of Medicine, Institute of CardiologyLaboratory of Population StudiesKaunasLithuania
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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