The Assessment and Evaluation of Physical and Biochemical Measurements for Leading Indicators to Injury and Illness for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producing workers

The goal of this research project is to explore the current definition of obesity along with the association of body fat distribution and biochemical markers with serious health conditions. Our investigation will employ the utilization of the dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (the current gold standard to measure body fat percentage, subcutaneous body fat and visceral body fat) to more accurately define obesity and its association with cardiometabolic risk factors. We will also explore the functional interaction of cardiometabolic risk factors and adipose tissue derived cytokines with adiposity and insulin resistance to improve the assessment of worker in isolated work environments. Lastly, from the physical and biochemical measurements we will create a health risk matrix to be implement as a tool to assess the improvement and/or deterioration in health status of the oil and gas workforce of Newfoundland and Labrador. This research project will look to improve upon the current definition/assessment of obesity and demonstrate the importance of body fat distribution regarding cardiovascular metabolic risk for oil and gas workers of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Farrell Cahill
Superviseur universitaire: 
Dr. Edward Randell
Project Year: 
Newfoundland and Labrador