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Iran J Public Health. 2015 Jan;44(1):60-7.

Effects of Family Meal Frequency on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in Korean Elderly Males and Females.

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1. Dept. of Industry Academic Research, Konkuk University , Chungju, Korea.
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2. Dept. of Political Science, University of Florida , Gainesville, USA.
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3. Dept. of Sport Science, Hoseo University , Asan, Korea.
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4. Dept. of Physical Education, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies , Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In the case of the elderly who highly depend on family, serious health problems can be caused due to the reduction of family meals. Therefore, this study aims to suggest the fundamental data for management of cardiovascular disease, one of the major causes of death in elderly Koreans, by investigating the effects of family meal frequency on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Korean elderly males and females.

METHODS:

The raw data of the Fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES III) were utilized. Data of 1,236 respondents were extracted for analysis regarding anthropometry, blood, blood pressure, nutrients and total energy intake. For collected data, using SPSS 18.0 and Amos 18.0, the mean and standard deviation, and the path coefficient between groups through a multi-group analysis by structural equation model were checked.

RESULTS:

As family meal frequency increased, triglyceride and fasting blood glucose in Korean elderly males were likely to decrease, which led to conflicting results with those of Korean elderly females.

CONCLUSION:

Frequent family meal makes a positive effect on reducing several risk factors for cardiovascular disease in Korean elderly.

KEYWORDS:

Cardiovascular disease; Family meal frequency; Korean elderly

PMID:
26060777
PMCID:
PMC4450015

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