1294. The Effect of Regular Physical Exercise on Catching Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Clinical Infectious Diseases: Respiratory Infections
Friday, October 28, 2016
Room: Poster Hall
Posters
  • presentation no 1294.pdf (683.5 kB)
  • Background: Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) are among the most common diseases of humans. Regular physical exercise (RPE) reduces risk for many chronic diseases but a few studies that research the effects of RPE on URTI have conflicting results. We aimed to figure out the assosication between RPE and catching URTI.

    Methods: The study was performed at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine from October 2014 to June 2015 among 180 randomly chosen medical students. A web-based monthly survey which measures for the following: the amount of RPE, catching URTI and the other factors that may affect catching URTI (stress, nutrition, sleep pattern, living conditions, smoking) was sent in December, January, February, March. The data were analyzed with Generalised Estimated Equation (GEE) model to evaluate risk factors on catching URTI.

    Results: The study conducted with 180 participants. Mean age was 20.9 years, 87(48.3%) were women, 33 (18.3%) were smoking, BMIs were between 17.7 and 30.6 kg/m2 (Mean: 22.7). 66 participants (36.7%) in December, 65 (36.1%) in January, 80 (44.4%) in February, 64 (35.6%) in March performed RPE. The number of participants caught URTI in December, January, February and March were 77, 44, 55, 52 (42.7%, 24.4%, 30.5%, 28.8%) respectively. The risk of catching URTI was 1.851 times higher among the subjects who doesn’t perform RPE than the performing ones (P=0.005). URTI risk was increasing with higher psychological stress (P=0.044, OR: 1.709 (1.014-2.880)). In addition, time especially the months December and February have higher risk with regard to March (P=0.009). Finally, it was shown people who are performing RPE at outside of their homes have less risk than the people performing at home (P=0.032)

    Independent Variables

    OR (%95 CI)

    p

    Time

    March

    1

    0.009

    December

    1.901 (1.128 –3.125)

    January

    0.687 (0.415 – 1.138)

    February

    1.455 (0.878 – 2.409

    Psychological Stress

    No

    1

    0.044

    Yes

    1.709 (1.014 – 2.880)

    Regular Exercise

    No

    1.851 (1.210 – 2.832)

    0.005

    Yes

    1

    Place

    Sports Center

    1

    Outdoor

    0.707 (0.445 – 1.124)

    0.032

    House

    1.423 (0.944 – 1.126)

    Conclusion: RPE was found to be protective against catching URTI even other factors such as nutrition, stress, sleep pattern, smoking, living conditions, have been taken into consideration.

    Alpay Azap, professor1, Ceren Yüceer, Medical Student2, Onur Nurlu, Medical Student2, Rukiye Aysu Revanlı, Medical Student2, Sarpcan Maden, Medical Student2, Anıl Tarık Saygılı, Medical student2 and Can Ateş, PhD2, (1)Infectious Diseases and Clnical Microbiology, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, (2)Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

    Disclosures:

    A. Azap, None

    C. Yüceer, None

    O. Nurlu, None

    R. A. Revanlı, None

    S. Maden, None

    A. T. Saygılı, None

    C. Ateş, None

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