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ANDRADE, Fabiana Martins Dias de; MACHADO, Ísis Eloah  and  BARBOSA, Jaqueline Almeida Guimarães. Prevalence of noncommunicable diseases and risk factors in industrial workers of Minas Gerais. av.enferm. [online]. 2022, vol.40, n.2, pp.199-213.  Epub Dec 20, 2022. ISSN 0121-4500.


To estimate the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and their associated risk factors among industrial sector workers of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Materials and method:

Cross-sectional study with secondary data provided by the Industry Social Service. The variables examined were tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, inadequate diet, overweight, non-communicable diseases referred, and self-assessment of health. Prevalence figures and differences were calculated using Pearson's chi-square test, according to sex, age group, and level of schooling. Following this, the prevalence ratio adjusted by all covariates was calculated using Poisson regression.


A total of 34,072 workers were studied. The prevalence of insufficient physical activity was 75 %, inadequate consumption of fruits reached 66 %, and the regular consumption of soft drinks or artificial juice was 42 %. Smoking was reported by 10 % of the participants, passive smoking in the workplace by 14 %, and alcohol abuse by 30 %. Of the workers in the sample, 55 % were overweight, 2 % reported diabetes, 10 % hypertension, and 10 % high cholesterol. Men presented a higher prevalence of inadequate diet, tobacco use, alcohol use, and overweight. Women presented greater physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol.


Findings show a low prevalence of physical activity, high consumption of unhealthy foods, and high prevalence of obesity and alcohol abuse among the industrial workers of Minas Gerais.

Keywords : Non-communicable Diseases; Risk Factors; Occupational Health; Health Surveys; Occupational Health Nursing (source: DeCS, BIREME).

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