Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in an incident dialysis population

Daniel O. Young, Richard J. Lund, Gleb Haynatzki, Robert W. Dunlay

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The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program 2001 Adult Treatment Panel III report defined the metabolic syndrome as having at least 3 of the following 5 criteria: abdominal obesity, elevated triglyceride levels, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, an elevated blood pressure, and an elevated fasting glucose. Evidence is accumulating to suggest that the metabolic syndrome predisposes to cardiovascular disease (CVD). End-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients requiring dialysis have a substantially elevated risk of CVD morbidity and mortality. Dialysis patients' increased risk can be partially explained by traditional and nontraditional risk factors. The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in dialysis patients is unknown. This retrospective, cross-sectional study of 202 incident dialysis patients examined the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome at the time of renal replacement therapy initiation. The study group was compared with all incident dialysis patients in 2002 on file with the U.S. Renal Data System. Females represented 39.1% of the study population. Blacks composed 34.7% of the study group. Diabetes was the etiology of ESKD in 44.6% of our patients. Surrogate criteria were used for the Adult Treatment Panel III risk factors of abdominal obesity and elevated fasting glucose levels. Overall, the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome was 69.3% in our population and was especially prevalent among diabetic, female, and white ESKD patients. Study limitations included the use of surrogate markers for 2 criteria of the metabolic syndrome and dependence on the Medical Evidence Report (Form 2728) for baseline characteristics. In summary, the metabolic syndrome is highly prevalent in incident dialysis patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalHemodialysis International
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology
  • Nephrology


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