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Mortality and Disease Risk Among Sedentary Older Women

by Ryan Halvorson on Mar 12, 2014

Making News

In last month’s issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, we reported that a significant number of older women spend much of the day in sedentary behavior. A new study looks at the relationship between sedentary living and mortality risk in a similar population.

Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2014; 46 [2], 122–35), the study included 92,234 women aged 50–79 at baseline (1993–1998). The objective was to determine how sedentary time related to mortality in a prospective, multiethnic cohort of postmenopausal women. The study looked at mortality from all causes, from cardiovascular disease, from coronary heart disease and from cancer.

In 12 years of follow-up, data showed that subjects who reported the greatest amounts of sedentary time had a higher risk of disease and all-cause mortality. The researchers also learned that the women at greatest risk tended to be white, to have a college degree and to have a higher body mass index.

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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (; contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.