Close Menu

Books in a Library

Cardio-metabolic Risk and its Antecedents among Law Enforcement Officers in Trinidad and Tobago



Objective:  In this study, we evaluated cardio-metabolic risk and associated lifestyle behaviours among police officers.

Method: Participants completed a validated self-administered questionnaire consisting of socio-demographic, dietary and physical activity items. Following this blood pressure and anthropometry were measured using standard procedures. Participation in the study was voluntary. The study was approved by the Acting Commissioner of Police, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Results: Four hundred (Females = 138; Males = 262) officers participated in the study. Male officers were more likely than their female counterparts to have elevated blood pressures, waist circumferences and be smokers.  In partial correlation analyses controlling for age, ethnicity, education level, and marital status, BMI was significantly inversely associated with the consumption of vegetables and peas and beans and positively associated with the consumption of sodas and cigarette smoking.

Conclusion: Our results indicate high levels of cardio-metabolic risk were associated with unhealthy lifestyle practices among participants.

18 Dec, 2017
e-Published: 20 Dec, 2017


Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Top of Page