Factors associated with fatigue among men aged 45 and older: A cross-sectional study
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AbstractBackground and Purpose: Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms reported in several studies; but few studies have concentrated on the male population, especially for the middle-aged and older men who are exposed to greater fatigue risk. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of fatigue and identify the risk factors of fatigue among men aged 45 and older in China. Methods: This study was part of a cross-sectional study on community health in Shunde (Guangdong Province, China). A total sample of 1158 men aged 45 and older were included. Sociodemographic characteristics, health and lifestyle factors and the Chalder Fatigue Scale (CFS) were measured by structured questionnaires through face-to-face interviews. Multivariate logistic regression was applied to determine the risk factors of fatigue. Results: Approximately 30% of participants experienced fatigue. Older age (≥75 years: adjusted OR 3.88, 95% CI 2.09–7.18), single marital status (1.94, 1.04–3.62), unemployed status (1.68, 1.16–2.43), number of self-reported chronic diseases (≥2 chronic diseases: 2.83, 1.86–4.31), number of individuals’ children (≥4 children: 2.35, 1.33–4.15), hospitalization in the last year (1.61, 1.03–2.52) were all significantly associated with increased risk of fatigue, while regular exercise (0.46, 0.32–0.65) was a protective factor against fatigue. Conclusions: Fatigue was usual in males and several factors were associated with the fatigue. These findings may have implication in risk assessment of fatigue and help in developing and implementing targeted interventions in middle-aged and elderly males.
CitationLin, W-Q (2015) Factors associated with fatigue among men aged 45 and older: A cross-sectional study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 10897-10909; doi:10.3390/ijerph120910897
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
SponsorsThis study was supported by the Guangzhou 121 Talents Program. JJW is supported by the Guangdong Exemplary Centres for Exploratory Teaching in Higher Education Institutions—General Practice Exploratory Teaching Centre GDJG-2010-N38-35, Guangdong Department of Education, China, and The Ninth Round of Guangdong Key Disciplines—General Practice GDJY-2012-N13-85, Guangdong Department of Education, China.
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