Metabolic syndrome: controversial but useful

Cleve Clin J Med. 2007 Mar;74(3):199-202, 205-8. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.74.3.199.

Abstract

The metabolic syndrome--the cluster of obesity, impaired fasting glucose, elevated triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and hypertension--may not be a "real" syndrome in the strict sense. It can, however, still be a useful concept if it prompts a physician to look for and treat additional risk factors when a patient is found to have one risk factor, or if it helps persuade patients to undertake healthy lifestyle changes before they develop overt diabetes mellitus or coronary artery disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood*
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Incidence
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Life Style*
  • Metabolic Syndrome* / blood
  • Metabolic Syndrome* / complications
  • Metabolic Syndrome* / epidemiology
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology

Substances

  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Hypoglycemic Agents