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Metabolic syndrome among operators using video display units in call centers

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Author(s): Antonio Pietroiusti | Andrea Magrini | Luca Coppeta | Silvia Barone | Barbara Sed | Gianluca Manuli | Enrico Bergamaschi | Antonio Bergamaschi | Bruno Piccoli

Journal: SJWEH Supplements
ISSN 1795-9926

Issue: 3;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: central obesity | dyslipidemia | hypertension | insulin resistance | job task | operator | occupational health | sedentariness | metabolic syndrome | call-center | video display unit | call-center operator | obesity

ABSTRACT
OBJECTIVES: Reports about medical consequences from sedentary work are contradictory. They may be associated with the metabolic syndrome, a collection of cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, and central obesity. No data are currently available on workers using visual display units (VDU), a potential high-risk group, given the sedentariness inherent in this work. METHODS: The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was evaluated among 1547 VDU users with a mean age of 29.7 years and among a control group of 892 persons with a mean age of 30.2 years who performed nonsedentary work, selected on the basis of similar demographic data. A physical examination and laboratory tests useful for the diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome were performed. RESULTS: The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 3.10% for the VDU users versus 2.01% for the controls [odds ratio (OR) 2.048, 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.169–3.587, P=0.012). Significance persisted after control for confounding factors (eg, smoking and leisure-time activity) in a multivariate analysis (OR 1.555, 95% CI 1.03– 2.690, P
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