Temporal changes in personal activity intelligence and the risk of incident dementia and dementia related mortality: A prospective cohort study (HUNT)

Atefe R. Tari, Geir Selbæk, Barry A. Franklin, Sverre Bergh, Håvard Skjellegrind, Robert E. Sallis, Ingunn Bosnes, Eystein Stordal, Maryam Ziaei, Stian Lydersen, Asgeir Kobro-Flatmoen, Aleksi M. Huuha, Javaid Nauman, Ulrik Wisløff

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Background: The Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) translates heart rate during daily activity into a weekly score. Obtaining a weekly PAI score ≥100 is associated with reduced risk of premature morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular diseases. Here, we determined whether changes in PAI score are associated with changes in risk of incident dementia and dementia-related mortality. Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 29,826 healthy individuals. Using data from the Trøndelag Health-Study (HUNT), PAI was estimated 10 years apart (HUNT1 1984–86 and HUNT2 1995–97). Adjusted hazard-ratios (aHR) and 95%-confidence intervals (CI) for incidence of and death from dementia were related to changes in PAI using Cox regression analyses. Findings: During a median follow-up time of 24.5 years (interquartile range [IQR]: 24.1-25.0) for dementia incidence and 23.6 years (IQR: 20.8–24.2) for dementia-related mortality, there were 1998 incident cases and 1033 dementia-related deaths. Individuals who increased their PAI score over time or maintained a high PAI score at both assessments had reduced risk of dementia incidence and dementia-related mortality. Compared with persistently inactive individuals (0 weekly PAI) at both time points, the aHRs for those with a PAI score ≥100 at both occasions were 0.75 (95% CI: 0.58–0.97) for incident dementia, and 0.62 (95% CI: 0.43–0.91) for dementia-related mortality. Using PAI score <100 at both assessments as the reference cohort, those who increased from <100 at HUNT1 to ≥100 at HUNT2 had aHR of 0.83 (95% CI: 0.72–0.96) for incident dementia, and gained 2.8 (95% CI: 1.3–4.2, P<0.0001) dementia-free years. For dementia-related mortality, the corresponding aHR was 0.74 (95% CI: 0.59–0.92) and years of life gained were 2.4 (95% CI: 1.0–3.8, P=0.001). Interpretation: Maintaining a high weekly PAI score and increases in PAI scores over time were associated with a reduced risk of incident dementia and dementia-related mortality. Our findings extend the scientific evidence regarding the protective role of PA for dementia prevention, and suggest that PAI may be a valuable tool in guiding research-based PA recommendations. Funding: The Norwegian Research Council, the Liaison Committee between the Central Norway Regional Health Authority and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101607
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Cardiorespiratory fitness and dementia
  • Dementia and Personal Activity Intelligence
  • Exercise recommendation
  • HUNT
  • Physical activity recommendations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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