Epidemiology of the metabolic syndrome in Hungary

E. Szigethy, Gy Széles, A. Horváth, T. Hidvégi, Gy Jermendy, Gy Paragh, Gy Blaskó, R. Ádány, Z. Vokó

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Objectives: Hungary has high cardiovascular mortality. Recent studies have revealed a high prevalence of several cardiovascular risk factors, including obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in Hungary. Study design: Cross-sectional study. Methods: Within the framework of the Hungarian General Practitioners' Morbidity Sentinel Stations Programme, a random sample of 2006 individuals aged 20-69 years was selected in 2006. Physical examinations, blood sampling and data collection were performed by general practitioners. Information on environmental factors was gathered using a questionnaire. The population prevalence was estimated based on the sample frequencies. Results: The overall response rate was 91%. The age-adjusted prevalence of the metabolic syndrome using the 2009 Harmonized definition was 38% [95% confidence interval (CI) 35-42%] in males and 30% (95% CI 28-33%) in females aged 20-69 years. There were no significant regional differences in the frequency figures. Conclusions: The high prevalence of the metabolic syndrome is a serious public health problem in Hungary, and remains a major determinant of the high burden of cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - febr. 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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