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Metabolic Syndrome: a challenging health Issue in highly urbanized Union Territory of north India

Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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DOI: 10.1186/1758-5996-2-19
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Objectives 1. To determine the prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in adults aged 18 years and above in Chandigarh, India. 2. To determine the socio-demographic factors associated with MS. 3. To determine the agreement between IDF (International Diabetes federation definition) and ATP-III (National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults criteria). Methods In a community based cross-sectional study, total 605 subjects aged 18 yrs and above were studied using multistage random sampling. Results Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome was estimated by using IDF and ATP-III criteria. By IDF, Metabolic Syndrome was found in 287 (47.4%) subjects and it was more prevalent among females 171 (59.6%) as compared to males 116 (40.4%). By applying ATP-III overall prevalence was less i.e. 233 (38.5%) but again its prevalence was more among females 141 (44.8%) than males 116 (39.5%). Higher socioeconomic status, sedentary occupation and high body mass index were significantly associated with Metabolic Syndrome. Conclusions Metabolic Syndrome is a major health problem in the region and proper emphasis should be given on its prevention and control.

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