Metabolic syndrome

What is metabolic syndrome and PTSD?

People with mental disorders often have increased rates of physical disorders, including metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and is defined as a clustering of at least three abnormalities. These include obesity, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Any increased risk of metabolic syndrome may be the result of unhealthy lifestyle factors, genetics, and factors associated with medications.

What is the evidence for metabolic syndrome?

High quality evidence finds a small to medium-sized increased risk of metabolic syndrome and its components in people with PTSD compared to general population rates. This effect was found regardless of age, gender, geographic region, setting or population (war veterans or other).

August 2021

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Last updated at: 2:11 am, 9th October 2021
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