Strong parent-offspring association of metabolic syndrome in Korean families

Eun Gyong Yoo, Sang Shin Park, Sang Woo Oh, Gi Byoung Nam, Mi Jung Park

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OBJECTIVE - To investigate the associations of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components between adolescents and their parents in Korea. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - We analyzed data for 4,657 subjects (1,404 fathers, 1,404 mothers, 957 sons, and 892 daughters) from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys conducted between 1998 and 2008. RESULTS - Compared with adolescents whose parents did not haveMetS, the odds ratio (95% CI) forMetS in adolescents with MetS in one parent was 4.2 (2.1-8.5) and 8.7 (3.4-22.3) in those with MetS in both parents. Among obese adolescents, the prevalence of MetS was 18.2%without parental MetS, whereas 29.2% of obese adolescents with MetS in one parent and 53.9% with MetS in both parents also had MetS (P = 0.01 for trend). CONCLUSIONS - The risk of MetS increased significantly in adolescents with parental MetS and was especially high in those with coexisting obesity and parental MetS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-295
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012


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