What is the global prevalence of metabolic syndrome?

Updated: Oct 17, 2019
  • Author: Stanley S Wang, JD, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, FACC, FACP, MSCI  more...
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Metabolic syndrome is a burgeoning global problem, with an increasing prevalence in urban populations of some developing countries. [9, 20] Approximately one fourth of the adult European population is estimated to have metabolic syndrome, with a similar prevalence in Latin America. [28] It is also considered an emerging epidemic in developing East Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Korea. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome in East Asia may range from 8-13% in men and from 2-18% in women, depending on the population and definitions used. [32, 33, 34]

In Japan, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has instituted a screening and interventional program. [35] Metabolic syndrome has been recognized as a highly prevalent problem in many other countries worldwide. [36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41]


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