Moreno, Pablo1; RodrÃguez-Ãlvarez, Cristobalina1; Santiago, Marta2; Rijo, M. Carmen2; Aguirre-Jaime, Armando3; Abreu, Rossana; Arias, Ãngeles1
Introduction: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a very prevalent clinical condition involved in diabetes mellitus mechanisms of development, being at once an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, especially in the elderly population.
Objetive: to determine the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome among 458 of the adults aged 65 years and over and its relation with mortality.
Methods: A descriptive epidemiological study was designed, with 459 participants (231 males and 228 females) aged between 65 and 94; living in Tenerife (Spain). The prevalence of MS was studied using the harmonized definition of World Health Organization (WHO), related to its mortality and survival.
Results: The results showed a prevalence of MS in the total sample of 47.7%, and this was higher in women than in men. There were also significant differences according to age. The overall mortality of the population was 26.6% and the mortality rate of 11 per 100 persons / year: 1.1 x103 person / year.
Conclusion: This report on the metabolic syndrome shows a high prevalence of this disorder. We did not find significant differences in mortality or survival of the population, either with and without MS.