soft risk factor

A factor that increases the risk of suffering a disease, without reaching the statistical significance of a ‘hard’ risk factor
Examples of soft risk factors in heart disease Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, type A personality, use of oral contraceptives, hyperuricemia, high carbohydrate intake
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'soft' risk factor

Any factor that slightly ↑ risk of suffering a morbid process, which does not reach statistical significance
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