The study examined the relationship of lifestyle factors namely food intake, exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking and
stress and metabolic syndrome among faculty members in a Philippine university. A self-administered questionnaire was
used to gather data on lifestyle. Anthropometric measurements were collected using standard techniques. Biochemical data were
collected by trained health professionals and analyzed at the laboratory of the University Health Service in College, Laguna. A
total of 100 full time faculty members selected through stratified random sampling by age served as respondents. The sampled
faculty were classified into age groups to wit: young (20-39), middle-aged adults (40-59) and old adults (60 and above). Data
were analyzed using frequency distribution tables and spearman?s correlation. Results revealed that the prevalence of metabolic
syndrome based on NCEP ATP III criteria was 17 percent. Lifestyle factors such as intake of whole grains, sugars, fruits and
vegetables, fish, oils and fats, and exercise had significant relationships with metabolic syndrome. Smoking, alcohol consumption
and stress were found to have no significant relationship with metabolic syndrome.
Liezl M. Atienza has completed her MS Applied Nutrition minor in Biochemistry at the age of 28years from the Institute of Human Nutrition and
Food in the University of the Philippines Los Banos. She has served as Division Head of the said Institute from 2008-2011. She has five research
publications related to diet and obesity-related diseases. She is also a registered dietitian and has worked as technical assistant in nutrition to various
organizations in the Philippines.
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