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Recreational physical activity and the risk of cholecystectomy in women.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Physical activity may be an important determinant of the risk of gallstone disease in women, both independently and as a result of its role in maintaining body weight.

METHODS

We prospectively studied recreational physical activity (such as jogging, running, and bicycling) and sedentary behavior (such as spending hours watching television) in relation to the risk of cholecystectomy, a surrogate for symptomatic cholelithiasis, in a cohort of 60,290 women who were 40 to 65 years of age in 1986 and had no history of gallstone disease. As part of the Nurses' Health Study, the women reported on questionnaires mailed to them every two years both their activity level and whether they had undergone cholecystectomy. During a 10-year follow-up period (1986 to 1996), 3257 cases of cholecystectomy were documented.

RESULTS

Recreational physical activity was inversely related to the risk of cholecystectomy. The multivariate relative risk for women in the highest as compared with the lowest quintile of physical activity was 0.69 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.61 to 0.78). In contrast, sedentary behavior was independently related to an increased risk of cholecystectomy. As compared with women who spent less than 6 hours per week sitting while at work or driving, women who spent 41 to 60 hours per week sitting had a multivariate relative risk of 1.42 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.06 to 1.89), and women who spent more than 60 hours per week sitting while at work or driving had a multivariate relative risk of 2.32 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.26 to 4.26). These associations persisted after we controlled for body weight and weight change.

CONCLUSIONS

In women, recreational physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of cholecystectomy. The association is independent of other risk factors for gallstone disease, such as obesity and recent weight loss.

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    Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02115, USA. michael.leitzmann@channing.harvard.edu

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    The New England journal of medicine 341:11 1999 Sep 09 pg 777-84

    MeSH

    Adult
    Cholecystectomy
    Cholelithiasis
    Energy Metabolism
    Exercise
    Female
    Humans
    Logistic Models
    Middle Aged
    Multivariate Analysis
    Prospective Studies
    Risk
    Risk Factors

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    10477775

    Citation

    Leitzmann, M F., et al. "Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Cholecystectomy in Women." The New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 341, no. 11, 1999, pp. 777-84.
    Leitzmann MF, Rimm EB, Willett WC, et al. Recreational physical activity and the risk of cholecystectomy in women. N Engl J Med. 1999;341(11):777-84.
    Leitzmann, M. F., Rimm, E. B., Willett, W. C., Spiegelman, D., Grodstein, F., Stampfer, M. J., ... Giovannucci, E. (1999). Recreational physical activity and the risk of cholecystectomy in women. The New England Journal of Medicine, 341(11), pp. 777-84.
    Leitzmann MF, et al. Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Cholecystectomy in Women. N Engl J Med. 1999 Sep 9;341(11):777-84. PubMed PMID: 10477775.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Recreational physical activity and the risk of cholecystectomy in women. AU - Leitzmann,M F, AU - Rimm,E B, AU - Willett,W C, AU - Spiegelman,D, AU - Grodstein,F, AU - Stampfer,M J, AU - Colditz,G A, AU - Giovannucci,E, PY - 1999/9/9/pubmed PY - 2000/5/20/medline PY - 1999/9/9/entrez SP - 777 EP - 84 JF - The New England journal of medicine JO - N. Engl. J. Med. VL - 341 IS - 11 N2 - BACKGROUND: Physical activity may be an important determinant of the risk of gallstone disease in women, both independently and as a result of its role in maintaining body weight. METHODS: We prospectively studied recreational physical activity (such as jogging, running, and bicycling) and sedentary behavior (such as spending hours watching television) in relation to the risk of cholecystectomy, a surrogate for symptomatic cholelithiasis, in a cohort of 60,290 women who were 40 to 65 years of age in 1986 and had no history of gallstone disease. As part of the Nurses' Health Study, the women reported on questionnaires mailed to them every two years both their activity level and whether they had undergone cholecystectomy. During a 10-year follow-up period (1986 to 1996), 3257 cases of cholecystectomy were documented. RESULTS: Recreational physical activity was inversely related to the risk of cholecystectomy. The multivariate relative risk for women in the highest as compared with the lowest quintile of physical activity was 0.69 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.61 to 0.78). In contrast, sedentary behavior was independently related to an increased risk of cholecystectomy. As compared with women who spent less than 6 hours per week sitting while at work or driving, women who spent 41 to 60 hours per week sitting had a multivariate relative risk of 1.42 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.06 to 1.89), and women who spent more than 60 hours per week sitting while at work or driving had a multivariate relative risk of 2.32 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.26 to 4.26). These associations persisted after we controlled for body weight and weight change. CONCLUSIONS: In women, recreational physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of cholecystectomy. The association is independent of other risk factors for gallstone disease, such as obesity and recent weight loss. SN - 0028-4793 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10477775/full_citation L2 - http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199909093411101?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -