The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association
between a subjective measure of physical activity assessed by a Visual
Analogue Scale (VAS) and dyslipidemia in an elderly population of Iran.
A total of 74 elderly subjects (39 males) aged 65 years and older who
referred to the Cardiovascular Department of the Hospital were studied.
Physical activity was assessed on a 100 mm VAS according to which patients
were then divided in to two groups active (activity score≥50; n = 31)
and inactive (activity score<50; n = 43). Body Mass Index (BMI), systolic
and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, total cholesterol, Low-Density
Lipoproteins (LDL) and High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) were measured by
standard methods. TG (p = 0.021) and LDL (p = 0.006) were significantly
higher and HDL was significantly lower (p = 0.028) in the inactive group.
No significant associations were found for other variables. As the first
report from Iran, present results are important given the race differences
that exist in response of plasma lipids to exercise training. Limitations
of the present study include its cross-sectional, rather than prospective,
structure and the relatively small sample size. It remains to be seen
whether VAS can be used as a rapid screening tool for the presence of
dyslipidemia in the elderly.
M. Gharouni, P. Ebrahimi, M.J. Mahmoodi, M. Hasibi, A. Rashidi and P. Khashayar, 2008. Poor Physical Activity in the Elderly as Assessed by a Visual Analogue
Scale is Associated with Dyslipidemia. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 11: 2367-2369.