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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64-67

High prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors in young employees of Information Technology industry

1 King Edward Memorial Hospital and Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Moraya Multispecialty Hospital and Research Center, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Tejas Y Limaye
Diabetes Unit, 6th Floor, Banoo Coyaji Building, KEM Hospital Research Center, Rasta Peth, Pune - 411 011, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.183848

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Background: We assessed the burden of cardiometabolic risk factors in Information Technology (IT) employees as they are exposed to adverse lifestyle. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, health records were obtained from two IT industries in Pune. Prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors [hyperglycemia, high blood pressure (BP), hypertriglyceridemia, high low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol, and overweight/obesity] was determined using standard cutoffs. We also examined clustering of risk factors (≥two risk factors). Results: Data were available on 1,350 of 5,800 employees (mean age: 33 ± 6 years, 78% men). Prevalence of diabetes and hypertension was 2.5% and 13.5%, respectively. Prevalence of prediabetes, borderline high BP, hypertriglyceridemia, high LDL-cholesterol, low HDL-cholesterol, and overweight/obesity was 6.5%, 20.3%, 21%, 22.1%, 70.1%, and 51.4%, respectively. Risk factor clustering was observed in 63.5% that increased with age (P < 0.001). Conclusion: Given the high burden of risk factors at relatively young age, spreading awareness and promoting healthy lifestyle through workplace interventions are warranted.


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