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Associations between uterine fibroids and lifestyles including diet, physical activity and stress: A case-control study in China

Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume 22 Issue 1 (2013)

Abstract: This study was conducted to investigate the associations between uterine fibroids and lifestyles including diet, physical activity and stress from October 2009 to April 2011 in China. This case-control study composed of 73 women with uterine fibroids and 210 women without fibroids. Uterine fibroid cases were confirmed by ultrasound diagnosis or hysterectomy surgery. Information on women's dietary habits, physical activity and stress status were collected with a validated self-administered questionnaire. A logistic regression model was used to estimate the odds ratios (OR) after controlling for age, gravidity and parity. We found that vegetable and fruit intakes and occupational intensity played positive effects on uterine fibroids. For premenopausal women, vegetable and fruit intakes (OR = 0.5; 95% CI: 0.3, 0.9) and occupational intensity (OR = 0.2; 95% CI: 0.1, 0.6) significantly decreased the risk of fibroids; conversely, BMI significantly increased the risk (OR = 1.2; 95% CI: 1.0, 1.4). However, the associations for postmenopausal women were not significant. Our findings suggested protective roles for vegetable and fruit intakes and occupational intensity on uterine fibroids, and supported the hypothesis that high BMI only increased the risk of uterine fibroids in premenopausal women.

To cite this article: He, Yuan; Zeng, Qiang; Dong, Shengyong; Qin, Liqiang; Li, Guowei and Wang, Peiyu. Associations between uterine fibroids and lifestyles including diet, physical activity and stress: A case-control study in China [online]. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013: 109-117. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=104887551227284;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0964-7058. [cited 29 Apr 17].

Personal Author: He, Yuan; Zeng, Qiang; Dong, Shengyong; Qin, Liqiang; Li, Guowei; Wang, Peiyu; Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013: 109-117 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0964-7058 Subject: Uterine fibroids; Body mass index; Women--Mental health; Exercise--Health aspects; Affiliation: (1) Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Peking University, Beijing, China
(2) International Medical Center, People's Liberation Army General Hospital, Beijing, China
(3) International Medical Center, People's Liberation Army General Hospital, Beijing, China
(4) Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Radiation Medicine and Public Health, Soochow University, Suzhou, China
(5) Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Peking University, Beijing, China
(6) Department of Social Medicine and Health Education, School of Public Health, Peking University, Beijing, China

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