Associations among work-related stress, cortisol, inflammation, and metabolic syndrome

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Almadi, Tawfiq, Cathers, Ian and Chow, Chin Moi. (2013). Associations among work-related stress, cortisol, inflammation, and metabolic syndrome. Psychophysiology. 50(9), pp. 821 - 830. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12069
AuthorsAlmadi, Tawfiq, Cathers, Ian and Chow, Chin Moi
Abstract

This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between work-related stress, cortisol, and C-reactive protein (CRP) in predicting metabolic syndrome (MtS). Self-reported work stress measured by the effort reward imbalance ratio (ERI), anthropometric data, CRP, and saliva cortisol were collected from 204 healthy Jordanian male workers. ERI and cortisol were significantly associated with the presence of MtS (OR = 4.74, 95% CI: 2.13–10.55; OR = 3.03, 95% CI: 2.08–4.40; OR = 11.50, 95% CI: 2.16–59.14, respectively). The odds of MtS in men with high ERI and high cortisol were significantly higher than that of men with low ERI and low cortisol (OR = 11.50, 95% CI: 2.16–59.14). CRP was significantly associated with MtS (OR = 2.51, 95% CI: 1.50–4.20). The odds of MtS were significantly higher in centrally obese men with both high ERI and CRP level. Thus, high ERI along with high cortisol or high CRP increases the risk for MtS, especially among centrally obese men.

Year2013
JournalPsychophysiology
Journal citation50 (9), pp. 821 - 830
ISSN0048-5772
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12069
Page range821 - 830
Research GroupSchool of Behavioural and Health Sciences
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