Va. team develops a risk scoring system for metabolic disease

06/19/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

University of Virginia researchers created a tool to assess the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, especially among African-American patients. Data analysis presented at a meeting of the Endocrine Society indicated that high triglycerides were relatively less of a risk factor among black patients and that waist circumference was correlated more closely with metabolic syndrome risk among black patients than others. "A diagnosis of the metabolic syndrome can trigger preventive treatment sooner, before type 2 diabetes develops or a heart attack or stroke occurs," lead author Dr. Mark DeBoer said.

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