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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Evaluation of health parameters, use of drugs, and alcohol intake among an elderly population in São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
Author: Paula, Simone Bernardes de
Mendonça, Patricia Fernanda Braga
Santos, Mateus Bertolini Fernandes dos
Santos, Jarbas Francisco Fernades dos
Marchini, Leonardo
Abstract: AIM:To evaluate health parameters (blood pressure, heart rate and blood glucose), the use of medicines and alcohol consumption in elderly residents in the city of São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil.METHODS:A sample of 500 elderly individuals (98 men and 402 women, with mean age of 69.5 years) was examined. Personal data and medicines used by the patients were recorded, general health aspects were assessed and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) was applied to survey alcohol consumption.RESULTS:Two hundred and four patients (40.8%) presented high blood pressure and 93 patients (18.6%) had hyperglycemia. The most used pharmacological groups were antihypertensive drugs, antilipidemics, drugs to control hypothyroidism and hypoglycemic agents. Possible pharmacological interactions with alcohol were present in 60.9% of the used medicines. The AUDIT results showed that 91% of the sample presented a low-level intake of alcohol and only 1% presented characteristics of alcohol addiction. Associations were found among AUDIT scores with age (p=0.037), since a larger number of alcohol addicts were found among younger patients, and use of drugs (p=0.046), since patients who consumed more daily medicines made less use of alcohol (low-level).CONCLUSIONS:The studied sample presented a high prevalence of hypertension and relatively low incidence of diabetes. A low use of drugs was verified and women made more use of daily medications than men. Low alcohol consumption was also observed, and women consumed less alcohol than men.
Subject: medicines
drugs
alcohol
elderly
general health
Editor: Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba - UNICAMP
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/1677-3225v13n1a15
Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1677-3225v13n1a15
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1677-32252014000100076
Date Issue: 1-Mar-2014
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