Life Stressor as Risk Factors

Cardiometabolic Risk Clustering in Spinal Cord Injury: Results of Exploratory Factor Analysis

Alexander Libin, PhD, Emily A. Tinsley, MS, Mark S. Nash, PhD, Armando J. Mendez, PhD, Patricia Burns, MS, CSCS, Matt Elrod, PT, DPT, NCS, Larry F. Hamm, PhD, and Suzanne L. Groah, MD, MSPH

Evidence suggests an elevated prevalence of cardiometabolic risks among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI); however, the unique clustering of risk factors in this population has not been fully explored.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to describe unique clustering of cardiometabolic risk factors differentiated by level of injury.

Methods: One hundred twenty one subjects (mean 37 ± 12 years; range, 18-73) with chronic C5 to T12 motor complete SCI were studied. Assessments included medical histories, anthropometrics and blood pressure, and fasting serum lipids, glucose, insulin, and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). Read more…