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Comment & Response
September 1, 2015

Trends in Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome—Reply

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  • 1Endoscopy Unit, Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital, Oakland, California

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JAMA. 2015;314(9):950-951. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8628

In Reply The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome among adults in the United States was 34.7% in 2011-2012; however, sex-specific differences were observed, with a significantly higher prevalence in women (36.6%; 95% CI, 34.9%-38.4%) compared with men (32.8%; 95% CI, 31.0%-34.6%) (P < .001). Drs Lovre and Mauvais-Jarvis speculate on the potential etiologies for these sex-specific differences in prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and note previous studies with diverse patient populations demonstrating significantly higher rates of abdominal obesity among women compared with men.

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