Unhealthy Lifestyle Predisposed Shiraz Healthcare Workers to Metabolic Diseases

Razieh Sadat Mousavi‑Roknabadi, Mina Danaei, Mehrdad Askarian


Background: Poor health condition may increase the risk of occupational problems and reduces an organization’s productivity. Also, there is a direct, bilateral relationship between occupation and health. Objective: To evaluate the health status of health care workers (HCWs) in the largest tertiary general and teaching hospital in southern Iran. Methods: This cross‑sectional study (Sep2014‑Dec2016) was conducted on HCWs, who were referred to Prevention and Health Promotion Clinic of Shiraz Namazee hospital. The participants’ health status was assessed and after the risk assessments and necessary physical examinations, the laboratory and para clinic tests were requested. Using descriptive and analytical tests, all data were analyzed. Results: Totally, 963 HCWs were enrolled, that 64.4% were women, with mean ± SD age of 35.51 ± 8.9 years. Eighty‑eight percent and 77.4% of the participants had history of ergonomic and psychological exposures. Impaired glucose tolerance and abnormal serum cholesterol were seen in 13.6% and 29.9%, respectively. Body mass index was a predictive factor for abnormal blood pressure (OR: 1.12; 95%CI: 1.02‑1.22), impaired glucose tolerance (OR: 1.08; 95%CI: 1.01‑1.16), and abnormal serum cholesterol (OR: 1.17; 95%CI: 1.10‑1.25), respectively. Male gender (OR: 1.83; 95%CI: 1.08‑3.03) was a predictive factor for abnormal serum cholesterol. Conclusions: The health status of HCWs is not good enough in Iran. They did not have an appropriate lifestyle. They were exposed to different occupational hazards. The prevalence of chronic diseases was notable. Overweight, obesity, and inactivity were the most important causes of metabolic diseases.


Health personnel; health promotion; health status

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