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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 5, Issue 2, 2012 pp 61-63

Research Article

A Prevalence Study of Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases among Police Personnel in a Metropolitan Area

Nikhil N. Tambe1, Vivek Singh1, Kiran Narang1, Vikrant Tambe1, Rajesh B. Goel2

{1M.B.B.S. Intern, 2Associate Professor} Department of Community Medicine, MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai (MS) INDIA.

Academic Editor:  Dr. Aher K. R.



Police are backbone for maintaining law and order within the limits of city. Their motto is ‘to protect the good and punish the evil’; but they are themselves punished by the evil- CHRONIC LIFESTYLE DISEASES. They suffer from stress related to their work-uncertain duty hours, transferable jobs, inadequate sleep, addiction to alcohol and tobacco. Hypertension, diabetes, acute coronary syndromes, obesity and even cancer are some of the major chronic health diseases commonly observed due to their hectic and stressful lifestyle. This study was carried out to assess the risk factors among police personnel, contributing to chronic diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes and creating awareness of the same. It emerged that almost 49% of police personnel in study population of 443 were overweight, alcohol and tobacco consumption accounted to 28%, 20% were hypertensive, 11% diabetics and smoking observed in 8%. This study provided us with data about the health status in police community and will help us in devising new strategies to bring about a healthy change in their life style. Such study if carried out periodically will help reduce the rampant problem of chronic health diseases in police community at primordial level.