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Editor's Correspondence
December 8/22, 2003

The Metabolic Syndrome: All Criteria Are Equal, but Some Criteria Are More Equal Than Others

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(22):2787-2788. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.22.2787

We read with great interest the article by Park et al1 as well as the accompanying commentary by Hill and Bessesen2 regarding the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors in the US population that participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The high prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in the Western world and the consequences of the associated diseases is of great medical and social importance.