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Korean J Fam Med. 2017 Mar;38(2):51-56. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.2017.38.2.51
Yu KH , Yi YH , Kim YJ , Cho BM , Lee SY , Lee JG , Jeong DW , Ji SY .
Department of Family Medicine, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea. eeugus@hanmail.net
Department of Preventive and Occupational Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
Department of Medical Education, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea.
Department of Family Medicine, Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Yangsan, Korea.
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Shift work is associated with health problems, including metabolic syndrome. This study investigated the association between shift work and metabolic syndrome in young workers. METHODS: A total of 3,317 subjects aged 20–40 years enrolled in the 2011–2012 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were divided into shift and day workers. We conducted a cross-sectional study and calculated odds ratios using multivariate logistic regression analysis in order to examine the association between shift work and metabolic syndrome. RESULTS: The prevalence of metabolic syndrome was 14.3% and 7.1% among male and female shift workers, respectively. After adjusting for confounding factors, shift work was associated with metabolic syndrome in female workers (odds ratio, 2.53; 95% confidence interval, 1.12 to 5.70). CONCLUSION: Shift work was associated with metabolic syndrome in young women. Timely efforts are necessary to manage metabolic syndrome in the workplace.

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