Change of agricultural structure and anemia in women in rural areas of northeast Japan.
Sasaki S; Kaishio K; Komatsu K; Okamura T
Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah. International Association of Agricultural Medicine, 1978 Sep; :51-52
Blood samples taken from 113 women aged 20 through 59 years who either worked exclusively in the farming communities in rural Japan, worked in agriculture and in other industries as well, or who worked in industries other than farming were analyzed to investigate the health of women in rural areas. About 95 percent of those households which remained active in farming require income from a second source to keep the family going. The number of red blood cells, hemoglobin content, serum iron level and serum protein concentrations were determined in the blood samples. Women who worked in agriculture and had a second job demonstrated the lowest red blood cell count and hemoglobin content. Red blood cells and hemoglobin content decreased during the busiest farming season. Serum iron levels were highest in this group. The authors conclude that the busy farming season was coincident with the declines in personal health among the women, particularly among those who not only worked on the farm but had a second job to supplement income.
NIOSH-Grant; Agricultural-workers; Farmers; Sociology; Sociological-factors; Physiological-response; Job-stress; Blood-analysis; Worker-health; Seasonal-factors
Prev Med & Environmental Hlth University of Iowa Inst/agric Med & Environ Hlth Iowa Oakdale, Iowa 52319
Proceedings of the VII International Congress of Rural Medicine, September 17-21, Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa