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Cardiovascular risk factors in 2011 and secular trends since 2007: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study

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posted on 2023-05-18, 05:16 authored by Nuotio, J, Oikonen, M, Costan MagnussenCostan Magnussen, Jokinen, E, Laitinen, T, Hutri-Kahonen, N, Kahonen, M, Lehtimaki, T, Taittonen, L, Tossavainen, P, Jula, A, Loo, B-M, Viikari, JS, Raitakari, OT, Juonala, M
Aims: Cardiovascular risk factor levels in 2011 and 4-year changes between 2007 and 2011 were examined using data collected in follow-ups of the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study.

Methods: The study population comprised 2063 Finnish adults aged 34-49 years (45% male). Lipid and blood pressure levels, glucose and anthropometry were measured and life style risk factors examined with questionnaires.

Results: Mean total cholesterol level in 2011 was 5.19 mmol/l, low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol 3.27 mmol/l, high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol 1.33 mmol/l, and triglycerides 1.34 mmol/l. Using American Diabetes Association criteria, Type 2 diabetes (T2D) was observed in 4.1% and prediabetes (fasting glucose 5.6-6.9 mmol/l or glycated hemoglobin 5.7-6.4%) diagnosed for 33.8% of the participants. Significant changes (P < 0.05) between 2007 and 2011 included an increase in waist circumference (3.3%) in women. In both sexes, systolic (-3.0% in women, -4.0% in men) and diastolic (-3.0% in women, -3.3% in men) blood pressure and triglycerides (-3.4% in women, -6.5% in men) decreased during follow-up.

Conclusions: Previously observed favorable trends in LDL-cholesterol levels have leveled off among a sample of young and middle-aged adults in Finland. Triglyceride and blood pressure levels have decreased. Over one-third of the study population had prediabetes and may be at increased risk for T2D.


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Scandinavian Journal of Public Health










Menzies Institute for Medical Research


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