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Physiological Health and Physical Performance in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity-Described in the General Population

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Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a multifactorial somatic disorder characterized by physical reactions triggered by even extremely low levels of different airborne chemicals. In most individuals with MCS, these reactions have substantial negative impact on social, occupational, and everyday life often including limited or no engagement in physical activities. The aim of this study was to explore associations between MCS and objective measurements of anthropometry, cardiorespiratory health, and physical performance. From the Danish population-based cohort DanFunD counting 9656 participants aged 18-76 years, 1.95% (n = 188) were categorized as MCS individuals (MCS All). Of those 188, 109 participants were subcategorized as having MCS without functional somatic disorders (FSD) (MCS with no comorbid FSD). The remaining study population without any FSD were regarded controls. We used adjusted multiple linear regression analyses to evaluate associations between MCS and anthropometry, cardiorespiratory fitness, and physical performance. Compared with the general population, MCS All had less optimal body composition, increased risk of obesity, impaired cardiorespiratory fitness, and physical performance which was not seen in MCS with no comorbid FSD. MCS individuals may be inhibited to maintain an active lifestyle which can increase risk of obesity and consequently have negatively impact on general health, which may not be the case among MCS with no comorbid FSD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9039
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

    Research areas

  • Humans, Life Style, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/epidemiology, Obesity, Physical Functional Performance, multiple chemical sensitivity, DanFunD, MSC, functional somatic disorders, INHALATION, SYMPTOMS, PREVALENCE, DANISH

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