Journal article

Association Between Lifestyle Factors and the Incidence of Multimorbidity in an Older English Population.

Nafeesa N Dhalwani, Francesco Zaccardi, Gary O'Donovan, Patrice Carter, Mark Hamer, Thomas Yates, Melanie Davies, Kamlesh Khunti

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci | Published : 2017

Abstract

Background: Evidence on the role of lifestyle factors in relation to multimorbidity, especially in elderly populations, is scarce. We assessed the association between five lifestyle factors and incident multimorbidity (presence of ≥2 chronic conditions) in an English cohort aged ≥50 years. Methods: We used data from waves 4, 5, and 6 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Data on smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and body mass index were extracted and combined to generate a sum of unhealthy lifestyle factors for each individual. We examined whether these lifestyle factors individually or in combination predicted multimorbidity during the ..

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