Intake of antioxidant nutrients and risk of metabolic syndrome according to degree of stress in rural Korean women

Jungwon Yoon, Yoonjin Shin, Bori Kang, Suji Byeon, Soo A. Kim, Yangha Kim

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The aim of the present study was to investigate antioxidant nutrient intake and risk of metabolic syndrome based on stress level in rural Korean women. Subject were participants from the Multi-Rural Communities Cohort Study, which was a part of the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. According to scores of the Psychosocial Well-Being Index Short-Form, a total of 10,111 subjects were classified into ‘low stress group (n=8,015)’ from 0 to 26 points and ‘high stress group (n=2,096)’ above 27 points. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires, anthropometric measurements, and blood chemical analysis. Dietary nutrient consumption was assessed by a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. High stress group showed lower intake of antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, zinc, and carotene compared to the low stress group. Intake of fruits and vegetable was lower in the high stress group compared to the low stress group. Subjects with high stress showed higher risk of hypertension [odd ratio (OR), 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.226 (1.112∼1.351)] and hyper-triglyceridemia [OR, 95% CI=1.227 (1.110∼1.356)] than subjects with low stress. High stress group had a significantly greater odds ratio for metabolic syndrome compared with the low stress group [OR, 95% CI=1.216 (1.101∼1.342]). Thus, the present study suggests that high stress might be associated with low intake of antioxidant nutrients and high risk of metabolic syndrome in rural Korean women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)868-875
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2017


  • Antioxidant nutrients
  • Fruit
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Stress
  • Vegetable


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