Day and night work: changes in cholesterol, uric acid, glucose and potassium in serum and in circadian patterns of urinary catecholamine excretion. A longitudinal cross-over study of railway workers

Acta Med Scand. 1976;200(1-2):47-53. doi: 10.1111/j.0954-6820.1976.tb08194.x.


Two groups of railway workers (n = 16 and n = 17) have been followed on their place of work during a period of shifts between day and night work. Catecholamine excretion in the urine and blood levels of lipids, glucose, uric acid, potassium and calcium were followed during the different phases of shift work. Dramatic fluctuations were noted in the diurnal pattern of catecholamine excretion during and after night work. Significant elevations in the serum levels of cholesterol, glucose, uric acid and potassium were observed during the first week after a night shift, and these changes could not be explained on the basis of shifts in the diurnal pattern or changes in dietary or other habits.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose* / analysis
  • Calcium / blood
  • Cholesterol / blood*
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Epinephrine / urine*
  • Humans
  • Lipids / blood
  • Norepinephrine / urine*
  • Occupational Medicine*
  • Potassium / blood*
  • Time Factors
  • Uric Acid / blood*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Lipids
  • Uric Acid
  • Cholesterol
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Norepinephrine
  • Epinephrine