Lifestyle Score and Risk of Hypertension in the Airwave Health Monitoring Study of British Police Force Employees

Ghaneer S. Aljuraiban*, Rachel Gibson, Doris S.M. Chan, Paul Elliott, Queenie Chan, Linda M. Oude Griep

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Background: Evidence suggest that promoting a combination of healthy lifestyle behaviors instead of exclusively focusing on a single behavior may have a greater impact on blood pressure (BP). We aimed to evaluate lifestyle factors and their impact on the risk of hypertension and BP. Methods: We analyzed cross-sectional health-screening data from the Airwave Health Monitoring Study of 40,462 British police force staff. A basic lifestyle-score including waist-circumference, smoking and serum total cholesterol was calculated, with a greater value indicating a better lifestyle. Individual/combined scores of other lifestyle factors (sleep duration, physical activity, alcohol intake, and diet quality) were also developed. Results: A 1-point higher basic lifestyle-score was associated with a lower systolic BP (SBP; −2.05 mmHg, 95%CI: −2.15, −1.95); diastolic BP (DBP; −1.98 mmHg, 95%CI: −2.05, −1.91) and was inversely associated with risk of hypertension. Combined scores of other factors showed attenuated but significant associations with the addition of sleep, physical activity, and diet quality to the basic lifestyle-score; however, alcohol intake did not further attenuate results. Conclusions: Modifiable intermediary factors have a stronger contribution to BP, namely, waist-circumference and cholesterol levels and factors that may directly influence them, such as diet, physical activity and sleep. Observed findings suggest that alcohol is a confounder in the BP–lifestyle score relation
Original languageEnglish
Article number4029
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2023


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