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ANALYSIS OF THE LIPID PROFILE OF ELDERLY PEOPLE: A POPULATION-BASED STUDY

E.J. Muller Uliano, M. Constante Dutra, T. Martins, D.F. Grassi de Paula Machado, R.A. Vieira e Silva, D.J. Trevisol, F. Schuelter Trevisol

J Aging Res Clin Practice 2013;2(1):131-136

Objectives: To examine the lipid profile of elderly people living in Tubarão, state of Santa Catarina, and the prevalence of dyslipidemia among them. Methods: Cross-sectional study. We studied 822 elderly people living in Tubarão, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, between September 2010 and May 2011. Consenting participants were interviewed about their socio-demographic characteristics, lifestyle, clinical and family history of cardiovascular events. We determined the lipid profile and anthropometric measurements (weight and height). Results: Dyslipidemia was found in 152 (48.1%) men and 310 (55.9%) women. Isolated hypertriglyceridemia was the most commonly found form of fat. The mean serum total cholesterol level in the study was 204.5±42.4 mg/dL. Dyslipidemia was significantly more common in women than in men, especially among white, obese men living alone. However, only obesity was an independent risk factor for dyslipidemia. Conclusion: A high prevalence rate of dyslipidemia was found in the surveyed population, which implies a major risk factor for coronary artery disease.

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