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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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SOTO PASCUAL, Melissa; BERNUI LEO, Ivonne  and  CARBAJAL GOMEZ, Iván. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in workers of the mother-child center Miguel Grau, Chaclacayo, Peru. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2015, vol.76, n.2, pp.155-160. ISSN 1025-5583.

Introduction: Chronic diseases in Peru are increasing at alarming rate and the metabolic syndrome (MS) follows the same trend. Faced with this problem the health team must play a role in education and prevention. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in workers of a primary health care center and to examine its relationship with sociodemographic variables and body mass index (BMI). Design: Cross-sectional study. Location: Maternal Child Center (WCC) Miguel Grau, DISA IV Lima Este, Peru. Participants: Health workers. Interventions: All 108 workers who gave informed consent were surveyed for demographic data, and weight, height, waist circumference and blood pressure were obtained. In a 5 mL serum sample fasting blood glucose and lipid profile were determined. Descriptive statistics and U-Mann Whitney, Kruskal Wallis and chi2 tests were done; P-value of 0.05 was used to determine significance. Main outcome measures: Metabolic syndrome, lipid profile, BMI categories, glycemia, number of risk factors. Results: 35.2% of workers had metabolic syndrome. SM was associated with age and BMI. No association was found with gender or occupational group. Conclusions: One-third of workers at the WCC Miguel Grau had MS, higher rate than in the Peruvian population.

Keywords : Metabolic syndrome; health workers.

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