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Medical News & Perspectives
October 26, 2005

Does the Metabolic Syndrome Really Exist?

JAMA. 2005;294(16):2010-2013. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2010

Is the cluster of diabetes and heart disease risk factors known as the metabolic syndrome a thoroughly studied, robust, and clinically useful tool? Or is it a poorly defined set of conditions that can possibly mislead physicians trying to prevent those conditions?

The battle over the issue has been joined. On one side are the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD); on the other, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).