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A Journal on Internal Medicine

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ISSN 0031-0808

Online ISSN 1827-1898


Panminerva Medica 1998 March;40(1):55-7


The ­increased fre­quen­cy of hyper­cho­les­ter­o­le­mia in Southern Italy is ­induced only by chang­ing diet qual­ity?

Capuano V., Lamaida N., Fattore L., D'Antonio V., Scotto Di Quacquaro G.

From the Cardiology Department of “Curteri” Hospital Mercato San Severino, Salerno, Italy

Background. The pur­pose of ­this ­paper is to eval­uate cho­les­ter­o­lemia and tri­gly­cer­i­demia in rela­tion to BMI, ali­men­tary ­habits and phys­ical ­activity.
Design. We com­pare our epi­dem­i­olog­ical ­data ­with ­those ­obtained in ­other ­studies pre­vi­ously car­ried out in Campania: “CNR-ATS-RF2-OB43”.
Setting. Campania (Italy).
Results. Data ­show an ­increase of ­these ­risk fac­tors in Southern Italy ­from 1978 to 1989. In ­males, ­between 20 and 59 ­years the prev­a­lence of hyper­cho­les­ter­o­lemia ­increases ­from 15.9% in 1978-1979 (CNR-RF2) to 17.8% in 1983-1984 (ATS-OB43), and 20.6% in our own ­data (1988-1990). The pat­tern is sim­ilar for ­females: 14.4% (1978-1979), 16.7% (1983-1984), and 18.6% (1988-1990). In ­males hyper­trig­ly­cer­i­demia ­increases ­from 17% in 1978-1979, to 21.3% in 1983-1984 and 36.2% in 1988-1990. In ­females ­from 9.8% to 12.4% and 18% respec­tively.
Conclusions. This ­reality can be ­explained ­through the ­gradual ­changing of ali­men­tary ­habits (­high con­sump­tion of sat­u­rated ­fats and ­very ­little ­intake of veg­etal ­fibres) and by ­reduced phys­ical ­activity ­that con­trib­utes to the pro­gres­sive BMI ­increase.

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