Sedentary Lifestyle Prevalent in Patients with Bronchiectasis

Sedentary Lifestyle Prevalent in Patients with Bronchiectasis
A majority of patients with bronchiectasis may be at a heightened risk for comorbidities resulting from a sedentary lifestyle. Researchers at University of Ulster in Northern Ireland identified that only 11% of sample patients with bronchiectasis met the recommended guidelines for physical activity. While lung function did not correlate to physical activity, exercise capacity did correlate, indicating that increasing exercise capacity in patients may also increase physical activity. The study, "Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity in Bronchiectasis: A Cross-Sectional Study," was published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine also listed as a clinical trial (Physical Activity in Bronchiectasis (PhAB)). The team, led by Dr. Judy M. Bradley in the Center for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies at Ulster, identified 63 patients with bronchiectasis in the span of one year and assessed the patients' activity levels for one week. Throughout the study, the patients wore an ActiGraph GT3X+ accelerometer to track real-time physical activity. The patients also self-reported their attitudes toward physical activity, and the researchers measured parameters related to lung function, such as forced expiratory volume in one second percent (FEV1%) predicted. At the end of the week with the ActiGraph, patients returned to the clinic and were again assessed for measures of lung health. When their accele
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