Urbanization, mainly rurality, but not altitude is associated with dyslipidemia profiles

CRONICAS Cohort Study Group

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Background Geographical and environmental features such as urbanization and altitude may influence individual's lipid profiles because of the diversity of human-environment interactions including lifestyles. Objective To characterize the association between altitude and urbanization and lipid profile among Peruvian adults aged ≥35 years. Methods Cross-sectional analysis of the CRONICAS Cohort Study. The outcomes of interest were 6 dyslipidemia traits: hypertriglyceridemia, high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c), nonisolated low HDL-c, isolated low HDL-c, and high non-HDL-c. The exposures of interest were urbanization level (highly urban, urban, semi-urban, and rural) and altitude (high altitude vs sea level). Prevalence ratios (PRs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were calculated using Poisson regression models with robust variance adjusting for potential confounders. Results Data from 3037 individuals, 48.5% males, mean age of 55.6 (standard deviation ±12.7) years, were analyzed. The most common dyslipidemia pattern was high non-HDL-c with a prevalence of 88.0% (95% CI: 84.9%–90.7%) in the rural area and 96.0% (95% CI: 94.5%–97.1%) in the semi-urban area. Relative to the highly urban area, living in rural areas was associated with a lower prevalence of hypertriglyceridemia (PR = 0.75; 95% CI: 0.56–0.99) and high non-HDL-c (PR = 0.96; 95% CI: 0.93–0.99), whereas living in semi-urban areas was associated with higher prevalence high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (PR = 1.37; 95% CI: 1.11–1.67). Compared with sea level areas, high-altitude areas had lower prevalence of high non-HDL-c (PR = 0.97; 95% CI: 0.95–0.99). Conclusion Urbanization but not altitude was associated to several dyslipidemia traits, with the exception of high non-HDL-c in high altitude settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1212-1222.e4
JournalJournal of Clinical Lipidology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Altitude
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Environment
  • Rurality
  • Urbanization


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