Saudi Journal of Obesity

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56--57

Study of metabolic syndrome among health professionals in a rural eastern Indian population and its relation with quality of life


Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi 
 Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

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Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, P.O. Box 55302, Baghdad Post Office, Baghdad
Iraq




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Al-Mendalawi MD. Study of metabolic syndrome among health professionals in a rural eastern Indian population and its relation with quality of life.Saudi J Obesity 2018;6:56-57


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Sir,

In the last published issue of Saudi Journal of Obesity, Ghosh et al.[1] assessed the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and the correlation with the quality of life among health professionals in a population of eastern India. They found a high MetS prevalence (43.7%) with a female predominance and it was associated with the poor quality of life, especially in the domains of psychological health, physical health, and social relationships.[1] I presume that the following drawback might render the study results questionable. In the study methodology, Ghosh et al.[1] obviously stated that “defining MetS: Diagnostic criteria laid down in ‘Harmonizing the Metabolic Syndrome’ − a joint interim statement of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), American Heart Association (AHA), World Heart Federation (WHF), International Atherosclerosis Society; and the International Association for the Study of Obesity criteria, with three abnormal findings out of five measures (abdominal obesity, increased blood pressure, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL cholesterol, and increased blood glucose level) were used for the clinical diagnosis of MetS.” It is explicit that there are many definition criteria for MetS employed in the clinical settings and research institutions and assessment of these criteria showed inconsistent diagnostic accuracy.[2],[3] Moreover, the MetS definition criteria employed in the study of Ghosh et al.[1] is old, dating back to 2009, and it is no more worthy.[4] With the construction of the new diagnostic MetS criteria in Indian population, which was launched in 2016,[5] I assume that employing national MetS criteria could yield a better idea on the prevalence of MetS and its association with the quality of life among health professionals.

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Mahmood Al-Mendalawi

References

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