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To identify anthropometrical indices of body fat distribution for predicting the risk of hypertension and diabetes, a population-based prospective study was designed. Subjects in two communities (n = 2,422 and 3,195), who were free of hypertension and diabetes, respectively, were followed-up. The area and gender-specific risk of hypertension and diabetes(More)
This study examined the relationship between perceived adaptation to shift work and shift-related problems. A total of 608 male operators at nuclear power plants completed a set of validated questionnaires including a modified version of the Standard Shiftwork Index, which covered adaptation to shift work, fit to job content, chronotypes, chronic fatigue,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Limited evidence was available on the metabolic syndrome and risk of cardiovascular disease in Asia. The purpose of this study is to examine the association of the metabolic syndrome and risk of ischemic cardiovascular disease in Japanese men and women. METHODS We conducted an 18-year prospective study of 9087 Japanese people aged(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data are available on caregiver burden for stroke and dementia patients. We examined the associations of prevalent stroke and dementia with family caregiver burden in Japanese general populations. METHODS A total of 916 Japanese home caregivers, whose family members were covered by long-term care insurance, responded to the caregiver(More)
Low ankle-arm systolic blood pressure index (AAI) correlates with various cardiovascular risk factors and with risk of subsequent coronary heart disease and stroke in Western countries. However, few epidemiological data are available among Japanese, in whom the reported prevalence of peripheral artery disease is low. We examined the relationship between AAI(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological studies have shown high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) to predict cardiovascular disease. However, there are only limited studies on the effects of hs-CRP levels on risk of stroke especially stroke subtypes. We examined associations of hs-CRP levels with risks of total stroke and its subtypes. METHODS A prospective nested(More)
BACKGROUND Although associations between snoring and cardiovascular disease have been reported in several prospective studies, there is limited evidence from Asian populations. The objective of this study was to determine if there is an association between self-reported snoring frequency and the incidence of cardiovascular disease in Japanese. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The nearby Daini plant also experienced substantial damage but remained intact. Workers for the both plants experienced multiple stressors as disaster victims and workers, as well as the criticism from the public due to their company's(More)