Metabolic Syndrome Increases Risk of Diabetes in Elderly

May 24th, 2008

The recent University of Glasow study suggests that metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing diabetes in the elderly people. The researchers find that people with metabolic syndrome run the risk of developing problems like elevated blood sugar levels; high blood pressure; high waist circumference; decreased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.

The researchers collected data from two studies namely Prospective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk and British Regional Heart Study (BRHS).

The Prospective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk studied nearly 5000 diabetes patients aged between 70 to 82. In the study 772 cases of CVD and 287 cases of diabetes occurred in just over three years. Metabolic syndrome was not associated with CVD but was associated with a more than fourfold increased risk of diabetes.

The other study named British Regional Heart Study (BRHS) includes the data from around 3000 non diabetic people of the age group of 60 to 79.

Results from the study show that that body-mass index (BMI) or waist circumference, triglyceride levels and glucose cutoff point weren’t associated with CVD risk, but all five metabolic syndrome components were associated with diabetes risk.


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