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Metabolic Syndrome in Andean Populations

Authors:

Diana A. Chirinos ,

Behavioral Medicine Research Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US; Santa Maria Catholic University School of Medicine and Santa Maria Research Institute, Arequipa, PE
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Oscar L. Morey-Vargas,

Santa Maria Catholic University School of Medicine and Santa Maria Research Institute, Arequipa, PE
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Ronald B. Goldberg,

Behavioral Medicine Research Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, US
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Julio A. Chirinos,

Division of Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, US
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Josefina Medina-Lezama

Santa Maria Catholic University School of Medicine and Santa Maria Research Institute, Arequipa, PE
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Abstract

The metabolic syndrome, a cluster of metabolic abnormalities, has been linked to both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus risk. Several studies have shown that ethnicity is an important determinant for risk of developing the metabolic syndrome; therefore, further understanding of the prevalence and presentation of the metabolic syndrome in various ethnic groups is needed. Latin American communities, and particularly Andean countries, are largely understudied in relation to the metabolic syndrome and until recently, the prevalence of this metabolic disturbance in Andean Hispanics was unknown. Nonetheless, recent (and ongoing) population studies are providing important data regarding the prevalence and patterns of the metabolic syndrome in various Andean countries. This review aims to summarize and interpret the information provided by these studies in an effort to better characterize the metabolic syndrome in Andean Hispanics.

How to Cite: Chirinos DA, Morey-Vargas OL, Goldberg RB, Chirinos JA, Medina-Lezama J. Metabolic Syndrome in Andean Populations. Global Heart. 2013;8(4):349–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gheart.2013.10.001
Published on 01 Dec 2013.
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