Compositional analysis of movement behaviors’ association on high-sensitivity c-reactive protein: the Jackson heart study

Robert Booker*, Megan E. Holmes, Robert L. Newton, Keith C. Norris, Roland J. Thorpe, Mercedes R. Carnethon

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Purpose: Movement behaviors (i.e. physical activity [PA], sedentary behavior [SB], and sleep) are intrinsically codependent, an issue resolved using compositional data analysis (CoDA). High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is a nonspecific inflammatory marker positively associated with cardiovascular diseases and affected by movement behaviors. Examine the relation between movement behaviors using CoDA and how time reallocation between two movement behaviors was associated with hs-CRP concentration. Methods: The Jackson Heart Study was designed to investigate cardiovascular disease risk factors among African American participants in the Jackson, MS area. PA and sleep were self-reported with SB calculated as the remaining time in the day. Results: The median untransformed hs-CRP concentration was 0.28 mg·dL−1 (interquartile range; 0.11, 0.61). Reallocating 15 minutes of PA with SB, the hypothetical change in log hs-CRP concentration was 0.08 mg·dL−1 (95% CIs; 0.04, 0.11) greater than the average log hs-CRP concentration. Substituting 15 minutes of SB or sleep with PA was associated with a hypothetical change in log hs-CRP concentration difference of -0.05 mg·dL−1 (-0.08, -0.03) and -0.06 mg·dL−1 (-0.08, -0.03), respectively. Reallocations between SB and sleep were not associated with the hypothetical difference in log hs-CRP concentration. Conclusions: Modeling estimates suggest replacing 15 minutes of SB with PA is associated with lower inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Epidemiology
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • African Americans
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Coda
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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