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Open Access Menopause and the risk of metabolic syndrome among middle-aged Chinese women

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Objective: This study explored the relationship between menopause and metabolic syndrome (MetS), stroke, hyperlipidemia, diabetes and hypertension.

Study design: This cross-sectional study surveyed 440 women in Yuci, China in 2012.

Main outcome measures: MetS, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, stroke, and behavioral and demographic variables.

Results: The prevalence of MetS in this study was 40.28% to 49.66% (p=0.065) among pre- and post-menopausal women, respectively, after adjusting for age.

Conclusions: The prevalence of diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia was higher among post- than pre-menopausal women. Health screenings for women in China should consider the increased risk for metabolic disorders during the postmenopausal stage of life.

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Keywords: Post-reproductive health; chronic disease; menopause; public health

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2015

This article was made available online on 26 March 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "Menopause and the risk of metabolic syndrome among middle-aged Chinese women".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press

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