Metabolic syndrome

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 01.01.2022

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Syndrome characterized by 4 factors:

The disease usually develops as a result of a lifestyle characterized by permanent overeating and lack of physical activity. It affects a high proportion of the population living in industrialised countries.

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According to the 1998 WHO criteria, metabolic syndrome is also present when the following risk factors are present:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • impaired glucose tolerance
  • pathological fasting blood glucose or insulin resistance
  • and 2 of the following parameters:
  • Arterial hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Visceral obesity (waist-to-hip ratio > 0.9 (m) or > 0.85 (w) and/or a BMI > 30 kg/sqm).

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Last updated on: 01.01.2022