Factor Analysis of Lifestyle-related Factors in 12,525 Urban Japanese Subjects
This study describes the clustering patterns of several lifestyle-related factors in urban Japanese subjects. The effect of aging on these patterns was also investigated. Data of 8 factors that included body mass index (BMI), blood pressure (BP), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), serum total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLc), gamma-glutamyl-transferase (GGT), and cigarette smoking were analyzed for 12,525 individuals (4,591 men and 7,934 women) aged either 40, 50, or 60 years. Factor analysis showed eight factors clustered into 3 unrelated groups. BMI and BP were excluded in subjects aged 60 years. Our data showed that the effect of obesity on the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus was age dependent. In spite of the established inverse relationship between TG and HDLc, we found that TG had an association with GGT. These results indicated that aging may have a major influence on the expression of multiple risk factors. The influence of BMI on the lifestyle-related factors appeared to be mostly expressed in younger people, while these factors appeared to be independent of BMI at age 60.
- Journal of atherosclerosis and thrombosis
Journal of atherosclerosis and thrombosis 12(1), 29-34, 2005-02-28
Japan Atherosclerosis Society