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Metabolic Syndrome May Double Risk of Stroke in Older Adults

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Metabolic Syndrome May Double Risk of Stroke in Older Adults

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SAN DIEGO -- The presence of the metabolic syndrome roughly doubles the risk of stroke in older adults, even in the absence of diabetes, Robert Najarian reported at the 29th International Stroke Conference.

He and his associates compared the impact of the metabolic syndrome and diabetes on the 10-year risk of stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in 1,881 men and women who participated in the offspring cohort of the Framingham Heart Study. At baseline, the study participants were free of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and had an average age of 59 years.

Researchers used the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III definition of the metabolic syndrome. Diagnosis of the condition required three or more of these components; abdominal obesity (waist circumference greater than 35 inches in women and greater than 40 inches in men); low HDL (less than 40 mg / dL in men and less than 50 mg / dL in women); blood pressure of at least 130/85 mm Hg or current treatment with antihypertensive medication; triglycerides of at least 150 mg / dL; and fasting blood glucose of 110-126 mg / dL. …

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