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Clinical correlation of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in a Chinese taxi drivers population in Taiwan: Experience at a teaching hospital

Tao-Hsin Tung123, Tsung-Hung Chang4, Wei-Hsiu Chiu1567, Tzu-Han Lin12, Hui-Chuan Shih4, Ming-Huei Chang12 and Jorn-Hon Liu18*

Author Affiliations

1 Cheng-Hsin General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

2 Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

3 Department of Nursing, Kang-Ning Junior College of Medical Care and Management, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

4 Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC

5 Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

6 Central Clinic and Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

7 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chung Shan Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

8 Faculty of Medicine, School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

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BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:315  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-315

Published: 31 August 2011

Abstract

Background

To explore any gender-related differences in the prevalence of conditions-associated with 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) who volunteered for physical check-ups in 2006. Blood samples and ultrasound fatty liver sonography results were collected.

Results

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 for associated factors were found. For males, hypertension, hyperuricemia, higher AST, higher ALT, hypertriglyceridemia, and higher fasting plasma glucose were significantly related to NAFLD. These conditions were not sigfinicantly related to NAFLD in females.

Conclusion

Several gender-related differences were noted for NAFLD among Taiwanese taxi drivers.

Keywords:
nonalcoholic fatty liver disease; prevalence; taxi drivers; gender difference