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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

On-line version ISSN 2174-5145Print version ISSN 2173-1292


LOZANO-CASANOVA, Mar et al. Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in a university population: differences between faculty, administrative staff and students. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2023, vol.27, n.2, pp.135-143.  Epub Mar 04, 2024. ISSN 2174-5145.


Globally, 31% of deaths are attributed to cardiovascular disease (CVD). There are many factors that can influence CVD that can be useful for determining if a population is at risk; these factors include stress, occupation, and lifestyle. Objective: to identify and compare the prevalence of CVD risk factors among those attending a university clinic for nutritional advice.


The sample of this cross-sectional study included the teaching and research staff (Faculty), people working in administration and services (ASS) and students. The risk factors of obesity/overweight, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes type 2, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking were quantified for 98 university students, faculty and staff.


It was found that 80% of the sample had one or more of the CVD risks, furthermore, more than 50% had over three of the risk factors. Those particularly at risk were the individuals within the Faculty group with a (p<0.05) prevalence of having three of the risk components compared to the rest of the population. However, those within the ASS group were identified to live a more sedentary lifestyle compared to the Faculty (p<0.05). Within this sample population differences could be found for the prevalence of CVD risk factors.


To be able to provide preventative measures and protect those who are most vulnerable it is crucial to be able to pinpoint these differences within a population.


M. Lozano-Casanova are supported by a FPU grant number: FPU21/04232 by the Ministerio de Universidades.

Keywords : Faculty; Student Health; Heart Disease Risk Factors; University Population.

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