Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its risk factors in adult Malaysians

Results of a nationwide survey

Wan Nazaimoon Wan Mohamud, Aziz al Safi Ismail, Amir Sharifuddin, Ikram Shah Ismail, Kamarul Imran Musa, Khalid Abdul Kadir, Nor Azmi Kamaruddin, Nor Azwany Yaacob, Norlaila Mustafa, Osman Ali, Siti Harnida, Wan Mohamad Wan Bebakar

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Aim: To report the national prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its risk factors among adult Malaysians (>18 years old) based on World Health Organization (WHO), the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel III (ATP III) , International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the 'Harmonized' criteria. Methods: A multi-stage stratified sampling method was used to select 4341 subjects from Peninsular and East Malaysia. Subjects underwent physical and clinical examinations. Results: Based on the WHO, ATP III, IDF and Harmonized definitions, the overall crude prevalences of MetS were 32.1, 34.3, 37.1 and 42.5%, respectively. Regardless of the criteria used, MetS was higher in urban areas, in females, in the Indian population and increased significantly with age. Risk factors also increased with age; abdominal obesity was most prevalent (57.4%), was higher in females (64.2%) and was highest in Indians (68.8%). Hypertension was higher in males (56.5%) and highest among Malaysians (52.2%). In contrast, the Chinese had the highest prevalence of hypertriglyceridaemia (47.4%). Conclusions: Malaysia has a much higher prevalence of MetS compared with other Asian countries and, unless there is immediate intervention to reduce risk factors, this may pose serious implications on the country's healthcare costs and services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-245
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Volume91
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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Hypertriglyceridemia
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Cholesterol
Hypertension
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Population

Keywords

  • Malaysia
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Risk factors

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology

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Mohamud, W. N. W., Ismail, A. A. S., Sharifuddin, A., Ismail, I. S., Musa, K. I., Kadir, K. A., ... Bebakar, W. M. W. (2011). Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its risk factors in adult Malaysians: Results of a nationwide survey. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 91(2), 239-245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2010.11.025

Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its risk factors in adult Malaysians : Results of a nationwide survey. / Mohamud, Wan Nazaimoon Wan; Ismail, Aziz al Safi; Sharifuddin, Amir; Ismail, Ikram Shah; Musa, Kamarul Imran; Kadir, Khalid Abdul; Kamaruddin, Nor Azmi; Yaacob, Nor Azwany; Mustafa, Norlaila; Ali, Osman; Harnida, Siti; Bebakar, Wan Mohamad Wan.

In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Vol. 91, No. 2, 02.2011, p. 239-245.

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Mohamud, WNW, Ismail, AAS, Sharifuddin, A, Ismail, IS, Musa, KI, Kadir, KA, Kamaruddin, NA, Yaacob, NA, Mustafa, N, Ali, O, Harnida, S & Bebakar, WMW 2011, 'Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its risk factors in adult Malaysians: Results of a nationwide survey', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol. 91, no. 2, pp. 239-245. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2010.11.025
Mohamud, Wan Nazaimoon Wan ; Ismail, Aziz al Safi ; Sharifuddin, Amir ; Ismail, Ikram Shah ; Musa, Kamarul Imran ; Kadir, Khalid Abdul ; Kamaruddin, Nor Azmi ; Yaacob, Nor Azwany ; Mustafa, Norlaila ; Ali, Osman ; Harnida, Siti ; Bebakar, Wan Mohamad Wan. / Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its risk factors in adult Malaysians : Results of a nationwide survey. In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 2011 ; Vol. 91, No. 2. pp. 239-245.
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