Occupational Exposures and Metabolic Syndrome among Hispanics/Latinos

Catherine M. Bulka, Martha L. Daviglus, Victoria W. Persky, Ramon A. Durazo-Arvizu, M. Larissa Avilés-Santa, Linda C. Gallo, H. Dean Hosgood, Richard H. Singer, Gregory A. Talavera, Bharat Thyagarajan, Donglin Zeng, Maria Argos

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Objective: We assessed the cross-sectional relationships of self-reported current occupational exposures to solvents, metals, and pesticides with metabolic syndrome and its components among 7127 participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Methods: Metabolic syndrome was defined as a clustering of abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high blood pressure, and/or high fasting glucose. Regression models that incorporated inverse probability of exposure weighting were used to estimate prevalence ratios. Results: Solvent exposure was associated with a 32% higher prevalence of high blood pressure (95% confidence interval: 1.09 to 1.60) than participants not reporting exposure. No associations were observed for occupational exposures with abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein, or metabolic syndrome. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that solvent exposure may be an important occupational risk factor for high blood pressure among Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1055
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

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