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Type: Journal article
Title: Chronic disease prevalence and associations in a cohort of Australian men: The Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)
Author: Martin, S.
Haren, M.
Taylor, A.
Middleton, S.
Wittert, G.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 2008; 8(1):261-269
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1471-2458
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Sean A Martin, Matthew T Haren, Anne W Taylor, Sue M Middleton and Gary A Wittert for Members of the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)
Abstract: Background An increasing proportion of Australia's chronic disease burden is carried by the ageing male. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of asthma, cancer, diabetes, angina and musculoskeletal conditions and their relationship to behavioural and socio-demographic factors in a cohort of Australian men. Methods Self-reports of disease status were obtained from baseline clinic visits (August 2002 – July 2003 & July 2004 – May 2005) from 1195 randomly selected men, aged 35–80 years and living in the north-west regions of Adelaide. Initially, relative risks were assessed by regression against selected variables for each outcome. Where age-independent associations were observed with the relevant chronic disease, independent variables were fitted to customized multiadjusted models. Results The prevalence of all conditions was moderately higher in comparison to national data for age-matched men. In particular, there was an unusually high rate of men with cancer. Multiadjusted analyses revealed age as a predictor of chronic conditions (type 2 diabetes mellitus, angina, cancer & osteoarthritis). A number of socio-demographic factors, independent of age, were associated with chronic disease, including: low income status (diabetes), separation/divorce (asthma), unemployment (cancer), high waist circumference (diabetes), elevated cholesterol (angina) and a family history of obesity (angina). Conclusion Socio-demographic factors interact to determine disease status in this broadly representative group of Australian men. In addition to obesity and a positive personal and family history of disease, men who are socially disadvantaged (low income, unemployed, separated) should be specifically targeted by public health initiatives.
Keywords: Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)
Chronic Disease
Hemoglobin A, Glycosylated
Body Size
Health Status Indicators
Regression Analysis
Cohort Studies
Life Style
Age Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Men's Health
Rights: © 2008 Martin et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-8-261
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