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Vol 18 n° 1

eJIFCC 2007,18 (1) Approach to the treatment of the Metabolic Syndrome

Izet Aganović, Tina Dušek
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, Croatia


The metabolic syndrome is a constellation of interrelated abnormalities that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of this syndrome is increasing because of the 'obesity epidemic'. The most effective therapeutic intervention in patients with the metabolic syndrome should focus on modest weight reduction and regular physical activity. Drug therapy may be needed to achieve recommended goals if therapeutic lifestyle changes are not sufficient.

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