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Metabolic syndrome increases heart disease risk

12/06/2002 - News

Metabolic syndrome increases heart disease risk

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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A study of Finnish men reveals that metabolic syndrome increases the risk of cardiac death by a factor of around three.

Metabolic syndrome is the name given to a cluster of risk factors - high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abdominal fat, and unfavourable blood lipid profile. It's on the increase, probably as a result of obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Researchers in the US and Finland now report on the first prospective study of the impact of metabolic lifestyle on cardiac mortality.

They studied a group of 1,209 Finnish men aged between 42 and 60 years at the start in the period 1984 to 1989 and followed them up to the end of 1998. Men with metabolic syndrome had an increased risk of dying from heart disease. Depending upon the clinical definition of metabolic syndrome used, this risk was between 2.9 and 4.0 times the risk among the general population. The study suggests that metabolic syndrome should be tackled early on, before it becomes life-threatening.

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Journal of the American Medical Association 4th December 2002

Created on: 12/06/2002
Reviewed on: 12/06/2002

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