A survey of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors among university employees: a single institutional study.

Abstract

BACKGROUND The incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is rising globally, with its attendant morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries. This study evaluated the prevalence of NCDs and their risk factors among members of a university community. METHODS All employees of the university were invited to the University health clinic for screening, using the World Health Organisation's STEPwise approach to NCDs. RESULTS A total of 883 (521; 59.0% males) employees with a mean age of 44 ± 10 years were studied. The median (IQR) number of NCD risk factors was three (two to three) per participant. The most common NCD risk factors were inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables (94.6%; 95% CI: 92.8-95.9), physical inactivity (77.8%; 95% CI: 74.9-80.5%) and dyslipidaemia (51.8%; 95% CI: 48.4-51.6%). Others included obesity (26.7%; 95% CI: 23.9-29.8%), alcohol use (24.0%; 95% CI: 21.3-27.0%) and cigarette smoking (2.9%; 95% CI: 2.0-4.3). Hypertension was the most common NCD (48.5%; 95% CI: 45.1-51.8%), followed by chronic kidney disease (13.6%; 95% CI: 11.4-16.1) and diabetes mellitus (8.0%; 95% CI: 6.4-10.1). There was no gender-specific difference in the prevalence of NCDs. CONCLUSION This study identified that NCDs and their modifiable risk factors are highly prevalent in this community. Workplace policy to support the adoption of healthy living is needed.

DOI: 10.5830/CVJA-2017-021

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@article{Agaba2017ASO, title={A survey of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors among university employees: a single institutional study.}, author={Emmanuel Idoko Agaba and Maxwell Oluwole Akanbi and Patricia A Agaba and Amaka Ngozi Ocheke and Zumnan M Gimba and Steve Daniyam and Edith N. Okeke}, journal={Cardiovascular journal of Africa}, year={2017}, volume={28}, pages={1-8} }