Industrial Health
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Print ISSN : 0019-8366
ISSN-L : 0019-8366
A systematic review on noncommunicable diseases among working women
Idayu Badilla IDRISNoor Atika AZITSiti Rasidah ABDUL GHANISharifah Fazlinda SYED NORAzmawati MOHAMMED NAWI
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Article ID: 2020-0204


The increasing involvement of women in the paid-labor market has led to multifactorial exposure towards the development of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). This review aims to identify the prevalence of NCDs and the associated risk factors among working women. A systematic review was performed using PubMed and Scopus databases. Twelve articles published between 2015 and 2019 satisfied the inclusion and exclusion criteria and were selected for qualitative synthesis. Among working women, the prevalence of NCDs was as follows: coronary heart disease, 0.3–5.9%; metabolic syndrome, 52.0%; diabetes mellitus, 8.9–16.0%; hypertension, 16.6–66.4%; non-skin cancer, 3.7%. The prevalence of NCD risk factors was as follows: overweight/obesity, 33.8–77.0%; low physical activity, 51.0%; unhealthy diet, 44.9–69.9%; dyslipidemia, 27.8–44.0%. The factors associated with NCDs were long working hours, double work burden, and stress. NCD is an important burden of working women that will lead to reduced work quality and affect family well-being. Disease prevention approaches, such as the intervention of common workplace risk factors and specific work schedule design, are among the strategies for improving the situation.

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