Metabolic syndrome risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the ARIC study

C. M. Ballantyne, R. C. Hoogeveen, A. M. McNeill, G. Heiss, M. I. Schmidt, B. B. Duncan, J. S. Pankow

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Objective: The metabolic syndrome is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Several analyses from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study have been performed to examine the role of the metabolic syndrome and its components in predicting risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Design and subjects: The large, biracial, population-based ARIC study enrolled 15 792 middle-aged Americans in four communities in the United States and has followed them for the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Measurements: Outcome parameters included prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and its individual components, carotid intima-media thickness, incident coronary heart disease, incident ischemic stroke and incident diabetes. Results and conclusion: Several analyses from the ARIC study have shown that the metabolic syndrome, as well as individual metabolic syndrome components, is predictive of the prevalence and incidence of coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, carotid artery disease and diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S21-S24
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
StatePublished - May 2008

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Funding Information:
The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study is carried out as a collaborative study supported by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts N01-HC-55015, N01-HC-55016, N01-HC-55018, N01-HC-55019, N01-HC-55020, N01-HC-55021 and N01-HC-55022. Additional funding for this study was provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Grant RO1-DK56918. We thank the staff and participants of the ARIC study for their important contributions.


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Risk factors


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