Published Papers - Abstract 999

Susanto M, Hubbard RE & Gardiner PA. Association of 12-Year Trajectories of Sitting Time With Frailty in Middle-Aged Women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2018; 187(11): 2387–2396

Prolonged sitting time is associated with several health outcomes; limited evidence indicates associations with frailty. Our aims in this study were to identify patterns of sitting time over 12 years in middle-aged (ages 50–55 years) women and examine associations of these patterns with frailty in older age. We examined 5,462 women born in 1946–1951 from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health who provided information on sociodemographic attributes, daily sitting time, and frailty in 2001 and then again every 3 years until 2013. Frailty was assessed using the FRAIL (fatigue, resistance, ambulation, illness, loss of weight) scale (0 = healthy; 1–2 = prefrail; 3–5 = frail), and group-based trajectory analyses identified trajectories of sitting time. We identified 5 sitting-time trajectories: low (26.9%), medium (43.1%; referent), increasing (6.9%), decreasing (18.1%), and high (4.8%). In adjusted models, the likelihoods of being frail were statistically higher for women in the increasing (odds ratio (OR) = 1.29, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.03, 1.61) and high (OR = 1.42, 95% CI: 1.10, 1.84) trajectories. In contrast, women in the low trajectory group were less likely to be frail (OR = 0.86, 95% CI: 0.75, 0.98), and there was no difference in the likelihood of frailty in the decreasing trajectory group. Our study suggests that patterns of sitting time over 12 years in middle-aged women predict frailty in older age.

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