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Research Letter
June 23/30, 2020

Trends in the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in the United States, 2011-2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Alameda Health System–Highland Hospital, Oakland, California
  • 2now with the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3now with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System, Palo Alto, California
JAMA. 2020;323(24):2526-2528. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4501

Metabolic syndrome is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.1,2 A previous study reported a prevalence of 33% in adults, which remained stable from 2007 to 2012.3 Understanding current trends in metabolic syndrome prevalence may help identify patients who would benefit from improved screening and optimization of cardiovascular risk profiles. We provide an updated analysis of metabolic syndrome prevalence through 2016.