Close Menu

Books in a Library

Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Routine Check-up Program in Cyprus



Objective: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) represents a conglomeration of various metabolic abnormalities, including glucose intolerance, hypertension, increased triglycerides, and decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). This study evaluated the prevalence of MetS in a health check-up subjects.

Methods: In a cross-sectional observational study designed between October 2015 and July 2016, using a simple random sampling method, 324 adults aged more than 20 years who were invited for health check-up examinations to Internal Medicine Department of Near East University Hospital. The revised National Cholesterol Education Program–Adult Treatment Panel III was used for the diagnosis of MetS.

Results: A total of 324 participants included 163 men and 161 women with respective mean age of 42.77±16.16. The prevalence of MetS was found 37.04% (120 of 324). The prevalence was higher in men (51.5%) than in women (22.4%). The prevalence of high waist circumference (>102 cm men; >88 cm women), having three or more risk factors for MetS and low HDL-cholesterol levels were significantly higher in males compared with females (p < 0.001). High blood pressure, high fasting glucose and triglycerides levels were most frequent components of the males.

Conclusion: The prevalence of MetS in our population is very high, especially in men. Preventive strategies should be developed to decrease prevalence of MetS in our country.

15 Dec, 2017
e-Published: 19 Dec, 2017


Manuscripts that are Published Ahead of Print have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by the Editorial Board of the West Indian Medical Journal. They may appear in their original format and may not be copy edited or formatted in the style guide of this Journal. While accepted manuscripts are not yet assigned a volume, issue or page numbers, they can be cited using the DOI and date of e-publication. See our Instructions for Authors on how to properly cite manuscripts at this stage. The contents of the manuscript may change before it is published in its final form. Manuscripts in this section will be removed once they have been issued to a volume and issue, but will still retain the DOI and date of e-publication.

Top of Page