Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Physical activity patterns in adults with Down Syndrome
- Published on June 1, 2020
Background: Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) are less physically active than the general population, but limited data on objective physical activity patterns in adults with DS are available.
Methods: Free-living physical activity was measured by waist-worn accelerometry in adults with DS from 2018 to 2020. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics, bivariate and regression analyses.
Results: Fifty-two subjects provided valid accelerometer data, with 46% male and a majority (75%) overweight/obese. Median (± standard deviation) daily sedentary time was 393.5 ± 216.6 min, light activity was 150.7 ± 85.5 min, moderate activity was 6.3 ± 13.5 min, and vigorous activity was 0 ± 9.8 min. Subjects had 10.3 ± 4.8 sedentary bouts per day lasting on average 30.7 ± 62.0 min. Median daily step count was 3,050 ± 1,988. Adults living alone had more steps and light physical activity in adjusted analyses.
Conclusion: Adults with DS engage in little health-enhancing physical activity and do not meet current physical activity recommendations in the United States
- Nicolas M. Oreskovic 1,2,3,4
- Clorinda Cottrell 4
- Amy Torres 4
- Vasiliki Patsiogiannis 4
- Stephanie Santoro 3,4
- Dominica Nichols 4
- Cynthia Moore 5
- Brian G. Skotko 3,4
Department of Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Down Syndrome Program, Division of Medical Genetics and Metabolism, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts