Metabolic syndrome and its related factors among Asian immigrant women in Korea

Sook Ja Yang, Yeon Kyung Chee, Jung A. Kim, Jisook An

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In this study, we examined the prevalence and risk factors of metabolic syndrome among Asian immigrant women in Korea based on sociodemographics and health behavior-related characteristics. The sample included 271 women from the Philippines, China, Vietnam, and other Asian countries through marriage. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire and health examination. Among 67 immigrants who had complete data for determination of metabolic syndrome, 1.5% reported having metabolic syndrome, and 44.4% of the entire sample had reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is four times higher than their Korean-born counterparts. After controlling for age, there were significant differences in body mass index, depending on the country of origin, and weight change since immigration. Immigrants who had gained weight since immigration also had higher systolic blood pressure and triglycerides. As well as weight change, immigrants who always consumed high-fat diets were at risk of higher triglycerides. Immigrants living in urban areas had lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. In order to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome, interventions should be directed toward the prevention of weight gain and lower fat intake after immigrating to Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-380
Number of pages8
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014

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  • Body mass index
  • Immigrant
  • Korea
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Women obesity


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