Metabolic syndrome increases heart risk

27 May 2015

A new study has suggested that people with metabolic syndrome are at a higher risk of experiencing heart disease-related death.

The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that people with the condition - which includes a range of risk factors such as abdominal obesity - were 1.6 times more likely to die in this way.

Professor Ki-Chul Sung, of Kangbuk Samsung Hospital at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul and one of the study's researchers, said women with metabolic syndrome faced a great risk of death from any cause than their counterparts who did not.

The retrospective study examined the records of more than 155,000 people who had been part of a health screening programme conducted by Kangbuk Samsung Hospital between 2002 and 2009. Each was asked about their lifestyle and had their weight, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar measured.

Mortality was measured by using death records from the Korea National Statistical Office, which found that 542 of the study participants died less than four years after the study.

Overall, 12.6 per cent of participants had metabolic syndrome at the time of the initial screening. The researchers determined that those with metabolic syndrome faced a greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease than their counterparts. 

Posted by Phillip Briggs

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