Alarmingly high metabolic syndrome prevalence in Hatay region of Turkey

Ustun, Ihsan; Gokce, Cumali; Gundogan, Kursat; Gedik, Vedia Tonyukuk; Kaya, Ahmet; Bayram, Fahri; Savas, Nazan
January 2013
HealthMed;2013, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p4
Academic Journal
Background: The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) by National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) criteria and its associations with a number of risk factors in a sample of population in Hatay region, which is a province in southern Turkey. Methods: A sample of 353 individuals were (227 females and 126 males) enrolled in this study. All the components of NCEP ATP III criteria are recorded. Results: The overall prevalence of MetS was 46.7%: 54.2% (n=123) in women and 33.3% (n=42) in men (p<0001). The most prominent components of MetS in our study were hypertriglyceridemia (84%) and abdominal obesity (84%) followed by, hypertension (70%), low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (57%) and hyperglycemia (51%). Conclusion: There is a very high prevalence of MetS in Hatay region of Turkey which should lead us to take urgent steps for cardiovascular prevention.


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