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Altitude and its effects on selected risk factors of coronary heart disease (completed)

The project is being conducted in rural and urban areas of Tibet which are at 3660 meters above sea level and in high altitude regions of Nepal.

Photo: Espen Bjertness

About the project

Study participants are men and women between the ages of 30 to 70 who are of Tibetan descent living at high altitudes (1200, 2900, and 3660 meters above sea level). These populations are exposed to tough climate conditions and different levels of hypobaric hypoxia.  However, due to economic development there is a marked heterogeneity in lifestyle among these populations. The studies conducted are cross-sectional using random sampling technique.

Objectives

To estimate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in Tibetan high altitude populations.
To identify risk factors for coronary heart disease in Tibetan high altitude populations.

Outcomes

Publications

Background

Participating Departments:

  • Tibet University Medical College, Lhasa, Tibet
  • Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Norway

Financing

Quota Scheme

Cooperation

  • Tibet University Medical College, Lhasa, Tibet
  • Nepal Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal
  • Prince of Sonkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand
  • Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Department of Biostatistics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Start - Finish

August 2009-August 2012

Published Apr. 8, 2011 5:51 PM - Last modified June 24, 2014 11:21 AM

Contact

Project leader

Espen Bjertness
 

Participants

  • Espen Bjertness
  • Per Nafstad
  • Dag Steinar Thelle
  • Lhamo Yangchen Sherpa
  • Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong
  • Deji
  • Hein Stigum
Detailed list of participants