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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2016 Mar-Apr;63:78-84. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2015.11.003. Epub 2015 Nov 10.

Association between reproductive variables and metabolic syndrome in chinese community elderly women.

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1
Institute of Geriatrics, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China; Beijing Key Laboratory of Aging and Geriatrics, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China.
2
Institute of Geriatrics, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China; Beijing Key Laboratory of Aging and Geriatrics, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China; State Key Laboratory of Kidney Disease, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China. Electronic address: yhe301@sina.com.
3
Department of Chinese Traditional Medicine and Acupuncture, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China.
4
Department of Geriatric Cardiology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study aimed to evaluate the association between reproductive variables and metabolic syndrome (MetS) among Chinese community elderly women.

METHODS:

We conducted a cross-sectional study in a Beijing urban district. A two-stage stratified clustering sampling method was used and 1251 elderly women were included.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of MetS was 65.1% in this population. Women with MetS had younger menarche age, a greater number of years after menopause, higher gravidity and parity. The prevalence of MetS showed an increasing trend for tertiles of years after menopause (p=0.002) and number of children (p<0.001), while decreasing trend for menarche age (p=0.021). Logistic regression showed ORs of age at menarche, years after menopause and number of children for MetS were 0.94, 1.40, and 1.36 for second and 0.63, 1.58, and 1.75 for last tertiles.

CONCLUSION:

There is strong association between reproductive variables and higher risk of MetS. Simple information on timing of menarche and menopause could help identify women who may have higher risk of getting MetS and take early action to prevent related chronic diseases.

KEYWORDS:

Elderly; Menarche; Menopause; Metabolic syndrome; Reproductive factor

PMID:
26586112
DOI:
10.1016/j.archger.2015.11.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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