Assessment of cardiovascular risk factors in Nigerian students.
The present study assessed the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors in 65 Nigerian medical students attending the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Their ages ranged from 17 to 28 years with a mean age for men of 20.9 years and for women of 18.8 years. Approximately 8% of the men and 0% of the women were current cigarette smokers, whereas alcohol use was observed in 14.6% of the men and in 0% of the women. The Nigerian men had significantly higher diastolic blood pressures than did American black and white men. Compared to American black men, the Nigerian men had considerably lower total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations. The Nigerian women did not differ from American black women with respect to total cholesterol, but had significantly lower triglyceride concentrations.
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