ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 49 EP731 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.49.EP731

Measuring of quality of life and health characteristics among 40-79 old population in Hungary

Anita Zubrecki1, Ivan Devosa2, Maria Jako1, Attila Vass3, Klara Deak3, Sandor Kolosszar1, Melinda Vanya4,5, Imre Foldesi6 & Gyorgy Bartfai1

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary; 2Athene Pallasz University, Kecskemét, Hungary; 3Department of Ophtalmology, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary; 4Mediteam Zrt, Szeged, Hungary; 5Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kalman Pandy Hospital Gyula, Gyula, Hungary; 6Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.

Introduction: Life expectancy is increasing in most developed countries, in part due to improved socio-economic conditions and in part to advances in healthcare. It is widely acknowledged that the promotion of healthy ageing by delaying, minimizing or preventing disabilities or diseases is one of the most important public health objectives in this century.

Methods: 243 Women and 181 men aged 40–79 years were recruited in Szeged (Hungary) Subjects were recruited from population registers and those who agreed to take part completed a detailed questionnaire including aspects of personal and medical history, lifestyle factors. Objective measures of body size, cognition, vision, skeletal health and neuromuscular function were obtained. Internal consistency of the questionnaire was also investigated (Cronbach alfa: 0.715).

Results: Mean age of participants was 59.17 S.D.:10.71 years. There were significant correlation between the quality of life and systolic blood pressure of the right & left hand (P=0.007 and P=0.013) and smoking use (P=0.002) The cardiovascular risk was significantly higher in the 40–50 age groups compared to the older age groups (P=0.002).

Conclusion: We provide new data among the health characteristics of older population in South Hungary. Such information is an important prerequisite to develop effective strategies to reduce age-related disabilities and optimise health and well-being into old-age.

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