Metabolic syndrome in the elderly.

Current Diabetes Reports (Impact Factor: 3.38). 03/2006; 6(1):64-71. DOI: 10.1007/s11892-006-0054-3
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ABSTRACT The prevalence of metabolic syndrome is increasing worldwide, especially among the elderly. Due to multiple age-related physiologic mechanisms, the elderly are at increased risk of developing intra-abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Metabolic syndrome consists of obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and renal events. With the future population dynamics, the metabolic syndrome should be emphasized among the health care field, researchers, and clinicians. Without proactive and preventative efforts, elderly patients and the health care system will likely experience an epidemic of the metabolic syndrome and the associated CVD.

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