Accession Number : ADA140257

Title :   Effects of Age and Exposure on the Health Status of U.S. Navy Divers.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Hoiberg,A ; Blood,C

PDF Url : ADA140257

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : The objectives of this cross-sectional study were to identify salient health risks among U.S. Navy divers (n = 11,584 enlisted men) during a 12-year time frame and to examine the influence of age and diving experience on the incidence of these illness. Results showed that the aging process accounted for a significant elevation in hospitalization rates for musculoskeletal conditions, alcohol/drug abuse, and circulatory diseases. Very few disorders were associated with level of diving exposure: certain stress-related disorders were elevated among inexperienced divers and rates for environmentally induced disorders (e.g., decompression sickness) were significantly higher among experienced divers. Divers seemed to be at risk for joint and muscle disorders, regardless of their age or diving experience. Several recommendations were presented which were designed to further enhance the health and safety of all divers.

Descriptors :   *Aging(Physiology), *Exposure(Physiology), *Health, *Divers, Naval personnel, Hospitalizations, Rates, Musculoskeletal diseases, Stress(Physiology), Diseases, Cardiovascular diseases, Risk, Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Decompression sickness, Enlisted personnel

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE