Socioeconomic Position and the Metabolic Syndrome in Early, Middle, and Late Life: Evidence from NHANES 1999-2002

ArticleinAnnals of Epidemiology 17(10):782-90 · October 2007with17 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2007.05.003 · Source: PubMed
To evaluate whether there is an association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and the metabolic syndrome at various ages, including adolescent, middle-aged and older participants in gender-specific analyses. Participants were from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. SEP was measured by income and years of education. Metabolic syndrome was measured in adults using the American Heart Association guidelines and in adolescents using methods based on national reference data. Cross-sectional multivariable-adjusted logistic regression analyses were performed. In women aged 25 to 45 and 46 to 65 years, income below the poverty line (poverty income ratio [PIR] less than one) was associated with higher odds of metabolic syndrome compared with PIR greater than 3 (odds ratio [OR] = 4.90; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 2.24, 10.71, and OR = 2.54; CI = 1.38, 4.67, for the respective age groups) after adjustment for age, race/ethnicity, and menopause. Similar findings were observed for educational attainment. In adolescents, older adults (aged >65 years), and males, income and education were not related to the metabolic syndrome. This report demonstrates that SEP is associated with the metabolic syndrome in females aged 25 to 65 years and is less strongly associated in males, adolescents, or older participants. These findings provide physiologic mechanistic evidence linking SEP to risk for coronary heart disease.
    • "In recent years, adverse conditions such as economic hardship, low education, and community disadvantage have been linked to biomarkers of inflammation and metabolic dysregulation, and to various chronic and age-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and dementia (Gruenewald et al., 2009; Hemingway et al., 2003; Koster et al., 2006; Loucks et al., 2007 Loucks et al., , 2010). This body of research suggests that exposure to chronic stress, especially the challenges and adversities associated with low socio-economic status (SES), can foster premature biological aging. "
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    • "No such relationship was observed in men. A differential relationship of education with components of the metabolic syndrome across the genders has been observed in other investi- gations363738, but its causes are not known. HIV and TB infection are both commonly associated with weight loss. "
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    • "Of both ethnic groups, women with low SES in childhood, early adulthood, middle adulthood, or cumulatively, were more likely to develop the syndrome than women with high SES (Chichlowska et al., 2009). Similarly, Loucks, Magnusson et al. (2007) found women aged 25–65 with income below the poverty line were more likely to develop the syndrome than women with higher income ratios even after adjusting for age, race/ethnicity, and menopause status. Interestingly, income and education were not associated with the syndrome for males, or female adolescents and older adults (age > 65 years). "
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