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The metabolic syndrome: in need of a global mission statement

Cameron, A. J., Zimmet, P. Z., Shaw, J. E. and Alberti, K. G. M. M. 2009, The metabolic syndrome: in need of a global mission statement, Diabetic medicine, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 306-309.

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Title The metabolic syndrome: in need of a global mission statement
Author(s) Cameron, A. J.
Zimmet, P. Z.
Shaw, J. E.
Alberti, K. G. M. M.
Journal name Diabetic medicine
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 306
End page 309
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 0742-3071
1464-5491
Keyword(s) metabolic syndrome
obesity
risk prediction
Summary Aims The value of clinical definitions of the metabolic syndrome has been questioned, with confusion surrounding their intended use and purpose. Our aim was to construct a mission statement that outlines the value of the metabolic syndrome in clinical and public health settings.

Methods Case studies have been used to demonstrate three key points.

Results We argue here for recognition of obesity as being a crucial element within the metabolic syndrome but perhaps even more important before its development. We also contend that the concept does indeed have a role as a risk prediction tool, and that it could provide a useful metric for the scale and progress of the looming global epidemic of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Conclusions Through appreciation of its purpose, and recognition of both its limitations and those attributes that make it unique and valuable, we believe we have demonstrated here that the metabolic syndrome deserves its place in the global toolbox of diabetes and CVD prevention.
Notes The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019938

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