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Table 3 Prevalence of health conditions in NHANES survey (2005 -2008) and flight attendants’ health survey (2007)

From: The self-reported health of U.S. flight attendants compared to the general population

  NHANES Flight attendants Standardized prevalence ratio (Age-adjusted)  
Reported health conditions Gender % Prevalence Weighted n S.E. 95% Confidence interval (CI) % Prevalence n S.E. 95% Confidence interval (CI) SPR 95% Confidence interval (CI)
Respiratory health            
Allergies† Male 31.6 1201 1.7 27.9 – 35.2 35 766 1.7 31.6 – 38.5 1.11 0.98 – 1.25
  Female 43.2 1139 1.8 39.3 – 47 40 3035 0.89 38.2 – 41.7 0.89 0.82 – 0.92
Asthma† Male 13.2 2432 0.82 11.5 – 14.8 12 781 1.2 9.8 – 14.5 0.94 0.75 – 1.12
  Female 15.7 2240 0.92 13.8 – 17.6 13.5 3104 0.6 12.3 – 14.8 0.91 0.82 – 0.99
Chronic Bronchitis† Male 3.6 2263 0.5 2.6 – 4.6 13.5 779 1.2 11.2 – 16.1 3.59 2.90 – 4.28
Female 5.1 2083 0.7 3.7– 6.5 16.1 3099 0.7 14.8 – 17.4 2.75 2.51 – 2.99
Current Smoker Male 23.6 2262 1.0 21.6 – 25.7 13.2 802 1.2 10.9 – 15.8 0.38 0.31 – 0.45
Female 17.4 2086 1.2 15.0 – 19.7 8.1 3173 0.4 7.1 – 9.1 0.21 0.18 – 0.23
Cardiac health            
Heart Disease† Male 2.3 2260 0.3 1.6 – 3.0 2.7 768 0.6 1.7 – 4.1 1.39 0.79 – 1.98
Female 0.6 2084 0.2 0.1 – 1.0 2.5 3059 0.2 2.0 – 3.1 3.51 2.72 – 4.30
High BP† Male 23.3 2433 1.1 21.1 – 25.6 25 773 1.6 22.0 – 28.2 1.0 0.86 – 1.19
  Female 22.3 2238 1.3 19.6 – 25.1 14.6 3077 0.6 13.3 – 15.9 0.54 0.49 – 0.58
Overweight† Male 28.3 2432 1.3 25.7 – 30.9 12.6 771 1.2 10.3 – 15.1 0.42 0.34 – 0.51
  Female 33.8 2238 1.4 30.9 – 36.7 12.2 3075 0.6 11.1 – 13.4 0.33 0.30 – 0.37
Mental health            
Sleep Disorder† Male 7.7 2432 0.6 6.5 – 9.0 31.6 766 1.7 28.3 – 35.0 3.69 3.22 – 4.15
Female 5.6 2237 0.6 4.3 – 6.8 34.2 3056 0.9 32.5 – 35.9 5.61 5.27 – 5.95
Fatigue* Male 3 2244 0.4 2.3 – 3.8 6.6 758 0.9 4.9 – 8.6 2.18 1.57 – 2.78
  Female 5.9 2065 0.6 4.7 – 7.1 10.6 3028 0.6 9.6 – 11.8 1.83 1.63 – 2.03
Depression* Male 0.6 2243 0.2 0.2 – 1.0 3.7 761 0.7 2.5 – 5.3 5.67 3.57 – 7.77
  Female 1.6 2065 0.4 0.9 – 2.4 3.8 2961 0.4 3.2 – 4.6 2.18 1.77 – 2.58
Other            
Reproductive cancer†            
Female 2.9 2080 0.5 2.0 – 3.9 5.0 3101 0.3 4.3 – 5.8 1.34 1.13 – 1.56
  1. Health conditions that were diagnosed by a health care provider
  2. *Symptoms that lasted almost everyday in the past 1-2 weeks as reported by respondent.