n Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa - Frequency of the metabolic syndrome in screened South African corporate executives : cardiovascular topics

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1680-0745



The aim of the study was to determine the frequency of the metabolic syndrome in a specific group of people.

The ATP III criteria were used to identify the metabolic syndrome in a group of 1 410 corporate executives belonging to a specialist health and fitness company in South Africa.
Using three criteria as specified by the ATP III panel, 31% of this group of corporate executives fulfilled the criteria for the diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome. In a small subset of black executives, a similar finding was obtained. Another one-third of the executives had two criteria of the metabolic syndrome.
The metabolic syndrome was common in a group of corporate executives.

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