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Revista de Salud Pública

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RODRIGUEZ-MIRANDA, Cristian D.; JOJOA-RIOS, José D.; OROZCO-ACOSTA, Luis F.  and  NIETO-CARDENAS, Olga A.. Metabolic syndrome in public service drivers in Armenia, Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.4, pp.499-505. ISSN 0124-0064.


To characterize and compare the population of public service drivers of a transport company in Armenia, Colombia.

Materials and Methods

Taxi and bus drivers from a transport company of Armenia, Colombia participated in an Analytical cross-sectional study. The analysis of the variables was made through Statgraphics Centurion XVI. The comparison of variables as well as multiple and logistic regression were carried out.


125 individuals participated, 8 were removed, and finally there were 117 male drivers as aim of research. The 28.21 % of individuals have driven small buses and the 71.79 % have driven cars. The increase in alcohol consumption was remarkable compared to tobacco. The 60.69 % of subjects did not get exercise. Besides, the BMI average and abdominal circumference was 28.03 kg/m2 and 100.09 cm respectively. The triglyceride average and serum HDL-C were 207.53 mg/dL to 33.12 mg/dL. 49.57 % of all drivers, fulfilled the Metabolic Syndrome diagnostic criteria. Statistically significant differences were found in the values of BMI, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, weekly exercise, triglycerides and fasting glucose between individuals with and without Metabolic Syndrome.


Public service drivers have a profile risk for developing Metabolic Syndrome. Obesity, hypertriglyceridemia and low HDL-C were the main alarm parameters of the presence of Metabolic Syndrome.

Keywords : Obesity; metabolic syndrome; body mass index; hyperlipidemias; automobile driving; hypertension; (source: MeSH, NLM).

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