What are the effects of psychological stress and physical work on blood lipid profiles?

Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 May;96(18):e6816. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000006816.


Blood lipids disorders are prevalent in the world. Some of their risk factors are modifiable such as mental and physical stress which existed in some places such as work environment.Objective of this study was to determine the effects of psychological and physical stress on the lipid profiles. It was a historical cohort study. The people who were employed as general worker were participated. The study was conducted with flexible interview for getting history, lipid profile examination, and a checklist including occupational and nonoccupational risk factors and using the health issues. According to the type of stress exposures, the study population was divided into 5 groups. Groups were followed for lipid profiles. These groups were exposed to psychological stress, physical stress or both of them; mild psychological stress (group 1), mild physical work without psychological stress (group 2), mild psychological stress and mild physical work (group 3), moderate physical work without psychological stress (group 4), and heavy physical work without psychological stress (group 5). Data were analyzed with SPSS 16. ANOVA, χ, and exact test were calculated with considering P < .05 as significant level. Relative risks were calculated with confidence interval 95%. The means of lipid profiles were in normal ranges. The relative risks for triglycerides more than 200 mg/dL was 1.57 (1.02-2.42) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) more than 130 mg/dL was 14.54 (3.54-59.65) in group 1. The relative risks for high density lipoprotein (HDL) less than 45 mg/dL was 14.61 (8.31-25.68) in group 1 and 16.00 (8.30-30.83) in group 3. After multinomial logistic regression they had significant differences. Psychological stress was a risk factor for lipid disorders, and suitable physical activity was protective in this situation.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Blood Chemical Analysis
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cholesterol / blood*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Lipoproteins, HDL / blood*
  • Lipoproteins, LDL / blood*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Occupations
  • Physical Exertion / physiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress, Physiological / physiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / blood*
  • Triglycerides / blood*


  • Lipoproteins, HDL
  • Lipoproteins, LDL
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol