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Prevalence and associated factors of cardio-metabolic risk factors in Iranian seafarers

Fereshteh Baygi, Olaf C. Jensen, Mostafa Qorbani, Aliasghar Farshad, Seyed Ali Salehi, Fatemeh Mohammadi-Nasrabadi, Hamid Asayesh, Farzad Shidfar
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2016.0013
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Pubmed: 27364169
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International Maritime Health 2016;67(2):59-65.

open access

Vol 67, No 2 (2016)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2016-06-28
Submitted: 2016-02-15
Accepted: 2016-04-06

Abstract

Background: Since Iran’s economy is based on the sale of petroleum products, seafaring is considered a crucial job. Little research has been done on issues related to seafarers’ health in Iranian maritime industry. The present study investigated the prevalence and associated factors of cardio-metabolic risk factors in seafarers of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was performed on 234 Iranian male seafarers of NITC in 2015. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) was diagnosed according to the reports of National Committee of Obesity. Three main blood parameters (of elevated total cholesterol, elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and elevated very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and general obesity were included as additional cardio-metabolic risk factors.

Results: The mean age of the participants was 36.0 ± 10.3 years. The prevalence of MetS was 14.9%. The common cardio-metabolic risk factors were excess weight (51.1%), abdominal obesity (38.5%), and smoking (27.8%) among Iranian seafarers. In multivariate analysis, age (OR: 1.05, 95% CI: 1.01–1.09) and body mass index (OR: 1.14, 95% CI: 1.01–1.27) were associated with the increase in hypertension risk.

Conclusions: Our finding showed that the current prevalence of MetS among Iranian male seafarers working on tankers can affect negatively their health and career at sea.

Abstract

Background: Since Iran’s economy is based on the sale of petroleum products, seafaring is considered a crucial job. Little research has been done on issues related to seafarers’ health in Iranian maritime industry. The present study investigated the prevalence and associated factors of cardio-metabolic risk factors in seafarers of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was performed on 234 Iranian male seafarers of NITC in 2015. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) was diagnosed according to the reports of National Committee of Obesity. Three main blood parameters (of elevated total cholesterol, elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and elevated very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and general obesity were included as additional cardio-metabolic risk factors.

Results: The mean age of the participants was 36.0 ± 10.3 years. The prevalence of MetS was 14.9%. The common cardio-metabolic risk factors were excess weight (51.1%), abdominal obesity (38.5%), and smoking (27.8%) among Iranian seafarers. In multivariate analysis, age (OR: 1.05, 95% CI: 1.01–1.09) and body mass index (OR: 1.14, 95% CI: 1.01–1.27) were associated with the increase in hypertension risk.

Conclusions: Our finding showed that the current prevalence of MetS among Iranian male seafarers working on tankers can affect negatively their health and career at sea.

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Keywords

metabolic syndrome, seafarer, cardiovascular, prevalence

About this article
Title

Prevalence and associated factors of cardio-metabolic risk factors in Iranian seafarers

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 67, No 2 (2016)

Pages

59-65

Published online

2016-06-28

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2016.0013

Pubmed

27364169

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2016;67(2):59-65.

Keywords

metabolic syndrome
seafarer
cardiovascular
prevalence

Authors

Fereshteh Baygi
Olaf C. Jensen
Mostafa Qorbani
Aliasghar Farshad
Seyed Ali Salehi
Fatemeh Mohammadi-Nasrabadi
Hamid Asayesh
Farzad Shidfar

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