Relationship Between Physical Activity Patterns and Metabolic Syndrome Among Male Coal Miners of Shanxi Province in China

in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and physical activity (PA) in different domains among male coal miners of Shanxi Province in China.


The study was conducted from July 2013 to December 2013. A two-stage stratified cluster sampling method was used. Data regarding the general information of participants were collected by well-trained interviewers. MetS was defined according to IDF criteria. Self-reported PA was obtained with the IPAQ and categorized into three tertiles of intensity levels across occupation, transportation, household, and leisure-time domains. Univariate and multiple logistic regression analysis were applied to compute the odds ratios and their 95% confidence interval (CI).


A total of 3076 males aged 18–65 years old were recruited in this cross-sectional study. The prevalence of MetS was 40.5% in the study subjects. The percentages of vigorous-intensity PA in MetS and non-MetS groups were 70.07% and 62.92%, respectively. Participants spent most of their time on occupation (2034 MET-min/w) and transportation (693MET-min/w) domains. Higher-intensity levels in occupation domains were significantly associated with lower risk of MetS (OR: 0.759, 95% CI: 0.633–0.911; OR: 0.627, 95% CI: 0.516–0.762).


Across four types of workers, the relationships between PA domains and MetS were different. For underground and underground auxiliary workers, the negative relationship was found between occupation PA and MetS. For office workers, the negative relationship was found between household PA and MetS. For ground workers, only leisure-time PA had positively related to MetS.

Liang, Tian, Qiao, Wang, Zhang, Cui, Wang, Liu, Xu, and Wang are with the Dept. of Health Statistics, School of Public Health, Shanxi Medical University, People’s Republic of China, Taiyuan, China. Huang is with the Dept. of Neurosurgery, General Hospital of Datong Coal Mining Group, People’s Republic of China, Datong, China. Sun is with the Dept. of Urology, General Hospital of Datong Coal Mining Group, People’s Republic of China, Datong, China. Guan is with the Dept. of Health Promotion and Physical Education School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.

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