Association between the number of steps performed during work and metabolic syndrome indicators in São Paulo city military police officers: The health promotion of Military Police (HPMP) study




Body composition; Occupational medicine; Metabolic diseases; Cardiovascular diseases; Physical activity level.


We evaluated the working number steps (STEPS) of 25 military police officers (MPOs: day shift n = 14 and night shift n = 11) from the Military Police of São Paulo State (PMESP) while patrolling São Paulo city center and its association with metabolic syndrome (MetS) indicators. The participants' body composition and anthropometric parameters: body mass index (BMI), fat-free mass (FFM), skeletal muscle mass (SMM) and clinical and laboratory data: systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure, and fasting plasma levels of glucose, glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), insulin, HDL-cholesterol, triacylglycerol (TG), and C-reactive protein (CRP) were also measured. According to the number of steps taken during the daily 12 h working period, the MPOs were divided into three groups: 600-2,000, 2,001-8,000, and >8,000 steps. On average, each participant took 5169 ± 614 steps per 12 h shift. While MPOs from the night shift walked 25% more than the day shift (6188±1069 vs. 4367±664), this difference was not statistically significant. Notably, the BMI, FFM (13.4%), SMM (14.5%), plasma HDL-cholesterol levels (32.2%), and DBP (19.1%) were significantly higher in group 1 compared to the other two groups. Furthermore, reduced physical activity, age, BMI, and tenure at PMESP were associated with increased MetS indicators. Overall, MPOs performing less than 2,000 steps per shift presented marked changes in body composition and plasma measurements and a higher MetS prevalence (64%) than those who were more physically active.

Author Biographies

Leandro Porto dos Santos, Cruzeiro do Sul University

*These authors equally contributed to this study.

Diego Ribeiro de Souza, Military Police of São Paulo State

*These authors equally contributed to this study.


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SANTOS, L. P. dos .; SOUZA, D. R. de .; GORJAO, R. .; LEVADA-PIRES, A. C. .; HATANAKA, E. .; CURY-BOAVENTURA, M. F. .; RUSSO JUNIOR, D. V. .; BACCA, O. .; SILVA, E. B. da .; ZAMBONATTO, R. F. .; MASI, L. N. .; BAZOTTE, R. B. .; CURI, R.; PITHON-CURI, T. C. .; HIRABARA, S. M. . Association between the number of steps performed during work and metabolic syndrome indicators in São Paulo city military police officers: The health promotion of Military Police (HPMP) study. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. e13511225376, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i2.25376. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 mar. 2024.



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