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Stressful life events and serum triglyceride levels: the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Etiology Research Center cohort in Korea
Naharin Sultana Anni, Sun Jae Jung, Jee-Seon Shim, Yong Woo Jeon, Ga Bin Lee, Hyeon Chang Kim
Epidemiol Health. 2021;43:e2021042.   Published online June 9, 2021
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Elevated serum triglyceride levels are a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease. A number of studies have demonstrated a positive association between psychological stress and serum triglyceride levels. However, there is limited evidence regarding the impact of stressful life events (SLEs) on serum triglyceride levels in the healthy population. Therefore, we evaluated the independent association between SLEs and serum triglyceride levels in a middle-aged Korean population.
We analyzed a sample of 2,963 people (aged 30-64 years; 36% men) using baseline data from the Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Etiology Research Center (CMERC) cohort study. The Korean version of the Life Experience Survey questionnaire was used to measure the presence and positive/negative impact of SLEs. Hypertriglyceridemia was defined as a fasting serum triglyceride level of ≥ 150 mg/dL.
Of the 2,963 participants, 33.1% reported at least 1 SLE over the past 6 months and 24.8% had hypertriglyceridemia. Even after adjusting for potential confounders, the serum triglyceride level was significantly associated with the total number of SLEs in men (3.333 mg/dL per event; p= 0.001), but not in women (0.451 mg/dL per event, p= 0.338). Hypertriglyceridemia was also associated with having 4 or more SLEs with positive effects (odds ratio [OR], 2.57; 95% CI, 1.02 to 6.46) and 4 or more SLEs with negative effects (OR, 1.99; 95% CI, 1.16 to 3.41) in men.
Our findings suggest that SLEs may increase the risk of hypertriglyceridemia in middle-aged men.
Korean summary
30-64세 중년 남성에서 스트레스성 생활 사건(stressful life events)를 많이 경험한 경우 혈청 중성지방 농도가 높은 경향이 관찰되었다. 스트레스성 질환의 적절한 관리가 이상지질혈증같은 만성대사질환 예방에 도움이 될 수 있음을 시사하는 결과이다.
Key Message
Stressful life events can be linked to hypertriglyceridemia among middle-aged men. This suggests that proper management of stressful events can help prevention of metabolic disorders such as abnormal blood lipids.


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