Association of physical fitness and fatness with cognitive function in women with fibromyalgia: Journal of Sports Sciences

A. Soriano-Maldonado, E. G. Artero, V. Segura-Jimenez, Virginia Aparicio Garcia-Molina, F. Estevez-Lopez, Inmaculada C. Alvarez-Gallardo, D. Munguia-Izquierdo, A. J. Casimiro-Andujar, M. Delgado-Fernandez, F.B. Ortega, Grp al-Andalus Project Res

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This study assessed the association of fitness and fatness with cognitive function in women with fibromyalgia, and the independent influence of their single components on cognitive tasks. A total of 468 women with fibromyalgia were included. Speed of information processing and working memory (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task), as well as immediate and delayed recall, verbal learning and delayed recognition (Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test) were assessed. Aerobic fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and motor agility were assessed with the Senior Fitness Test battery. Body mass index, percent body fat, fat-mass index and waist circumference were measured. Aerobic fitness was associated with attention and working memory (all, p0.05). Our results suggest that fitness, but not fatness, is associated with cognitive function in women with fibromyalgia. Aerobic fitness appears to be the most powerful fitness component regarding the cognitive tasks evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1731-1739
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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