Prevalence and associated factors for metabolic syndrome in Taiwanese hospital employees

Asia Pac J Public Health. 2011 May;23(3):307-14. doi: 10.1177/1010539509340911. Epub 2009 Jul 22.


Metabolic syndrome (MS) is most important because of its association with subsequent development of cardiovascular diseases. However, few studies about the prevalence of MS among hospital employees had been published.The aims of our study were to examine the prevalence of MS and associated factors. The up-to-date health examination data of 1,400 hospital employees of a medical center in North Taiwan were included, and MS was defined according to the criteria that were promulgated by the National Department of Health. The overall prevalence of MS was 10.3% (21.8% males, 7.0% females). Associated factors included male gender, aging, low education, administrative employees, abnormal hemoglobin concentration, and abnormal liver function indexes. According to our study, the prevalence of MS in hospital employees was lower than the general population, and the findings could be a reference to make more efficient health-promotion programs to lower the prevalence of MS in hospital employees.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Personnel, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Taiwan / epidemiology