Author(s): Gourgoulianis KI, Tsoutsou P, Fotiadou N, Samaras K, Dakis D,
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Abstract The relationship between lung function and smoking and dietary habits was examined in 121 Gypsies (62 males, 59 females) who were 14-70 y of age and who lived in Greece. All were examined clinically, after which they all participated in spirometry tests. Half of the study group had abnormal (< 80\% of predicted) forced vital capacity, 36.4\% had abnormal (< 80\% of predicted) forced expiratory volume in 1 sec, and 5\% had serious lung function disturbances (forced vital capacity < 50\% of predicted). Approximately 70\% of subjects were smokers, and their diets were rich in alcohol and meat; they ate very few salads and oranges. Consequently, decreased lung function might be a major health problem in Gypsies in Greece. Organization of preventive health strategies should improve the overall health of this study group.
This article was published in Arch Environ Health
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care