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Revista científica ciencias de la salud

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GRANADO SALINAS, Dominich Esmilce et al. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in students of the Campus San Lorenzo of the National University of Asunción. Rev. cient. cienc. salud [online]. 2023, vol.5, e5123.  Epub Oct 13, 2023. ISSN 2664-2891.

Introduction: The metabolic syndrome (MS) constitutes of a series of metabolic disorders that together are considered a risk factor to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Objective. To determine the prevalence of MS and its components in students of the National University of Asunción - San Lorenzo Campus in the 2015-2016 period. Materials and Methods. Observational descriptive cross-sectional study with a cluster sampling. A total of 163 students from selected faculties or institutes was included. A questionnaire was applied for sociodemographic data and physical activity and waist circumference (WC), weight and height were measured, as well as fasting serum levels of Glucose, HDLc cholesterol and triglycerides, together with blood pressure to determine the presence of MS according to the Panel III criteria (NCEP-ATP-III). All data were kept strictly confidential. Results. 50,92% of participants were male, with a mean age of 21,6± 2,4 years. 49.7% were considered sedentary, 25,16% presented overweight, and 8,59% obesity, 16,56% hypertension. 6,75% presented an elevated abdominal circumference, 2,45% elevated basal glycemia, 4,9% elevated Triglycerides, 37,42% low HDLc. The prevalence of MS was 4,91% and 52,15% presented at least one NCEP-ATP-III factor for MS. Conclusion. Around half of the participants presented at least one risk factor for MS, the most frequent components were low HDLc concentration and arterial hypertension. It is recommended preventive actions in the youth population based on physical activity and healthy eating.

Keywords : metabolic syndrome; hypertension; overweight; young adult.

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