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A review of the metabolic syndrome.

Abstract : While the concept of this syndrome has been described more than 60 years ago, and more formally almost 20 years ago, the controversy continues as to its utility, which of the various syndrome definitions should be used and their ability to predict diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. The metabolic syndrome, of cardiovascular risk factors, provides an early warning of at risk subjects and emphasises the need to treat more aggressively (by at least lifestyle modification) patients with multiple abnormalities even though the abnormalities might be slight. Further, the syndrome can be easily used in clinical practice and when it is assessed against the background of the patient's age, sex and smoking habits, it provides an evaluation of potential cardiovascular risk. Prospective intervention studies are the only means of definitively accepting or refuting the usefulness of the syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is an entity which merits attention from both the medical profession and public health authorities.
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Beverley Balkau, Paul Valensi, Eveline Eschwège, Gérard Slama. A review of the metabolic syndrome.. Diabetes and Metabolism, Elsevier Masson, 2007, 33 (6), pp.405-13. ⟨10.1016/j.diabet.2007.08.001⟩. ⟨inserm-00188846⟩



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