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Lifestyle Factors Predicting Changes in Aerobic Capacity of Aging Firefighters at 3- and 13-Year Follow-Ups.
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PMID:  22892548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE:: To describe changes in aging firefighters' aerobic capacity at 3- and 13-year follow-ups, and to investigate the lifestyle factors predicting them. We evaluated the sufficiency of aerobic capacity for the demands of rescue diving. METHODS:: We studied 78 male Finnish firefighters aged 30 to 44 years at baseline. The outcome variable was aerobic capacity (L·min and mL·kg·min). The predictors were exercise, smoking, and drinking habits. RESULTS:: The average annual change (range) in absolute and relative aerobic capacity was -1.12% (-3.43 to 1.39) and -1.33% (-3.98 to 1.63). Exercising at least 4 to 5 times a week was the best protective factor, and regular smoking and more than 15 units of alcohol a week were risk factors for decline in aerobic capacity. CONCLUSIONS:: To prevent the excessive decline of aerobic capacity related to work demands, we must pay particular attention to exercise regularity.
Anne Punakallio; Harri Lindholm; Ritva Luukkonen; Sirpa Lusa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1536-5948     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Physical Work Capacity Team (Drs Punakallio, Lindholm, and Lusa) and Statistical Services Team (Dr Luukkonen), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland.
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