Geschichte und definition(en) des metabolischen syndroms

Translated title of the contribution: History and definition(s) of metabolic syndrome

M. Hanefeld, F. Schaper, A. Ceriello

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Metabolic syndrome - a cluster of metabolic diseases and hypertension - is not a new disease. It has been present in the upper classes of all highly developed cultures suffering from over-nutrition and limited physical activity. In the medical literature, it can be found in Renaissance and Baroque times. We are presently experiencing a global tsunami of this syndrome as over-nutrition and lack of movement are typical for large groups of the population. The current definition of metabolic syndrome of the American Heart Association/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the International Diabetes Federation incorporates the quartet central obesity, hypertension, increased blood sugar and dyslipidemia (hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL cholesterol). Thus, simple, collective diagnostics and therapy for this finely meshed group of diseases together with its risk factors is possible.

Translated title of the contributionHistory and definition(s) of metabolic syndrome
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)117-125
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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