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Chronic disease
SP1-113 Clinical correlation of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in a Chinese taxi drivers population in Taiwan: experience at a teaching hospital
  1. T H Lin1,2,
  2. T H Tung1,2,
  3. W H Chiu3,4
  1. 1Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan
  2. 2Cheng-Hsin General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
  3. 3Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
  4. 4Central Clinic and Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan


Introduction To explore any gender-related differences in prevalence of and condition-associated factors related to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) among Taiwanese taxi drivers in Taipei, Taiwan.

Methods We studied 1635 healthy taxi drivers (1541 males and 94 females) voluntarily admitted to physical check-up in 2006. Blood samples and ultrasound-proved fatty liver sonography results were collected.

Result The prevalence of NAFLD was 66.4% and revealed no statistically significant decrease with increasing age (p=0.58). Males exhibited a greater prevalence of NAFLD than did females (67.5% vs 47.9%, p<0.0001). Gender-related differences as regards associated factors were revealed. For males, hypertension, hyperuricemia, higher AST, higher ALT, hypertriglyceridemia, and higher fasting plasma glucose were significantly related to NAFLD but these were not so for females.

Conclusion Several gender-related differences were noted pertaining to NAFLD among taxi drivers population.

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