Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome Among Iranian Female Teachers Residing in Yazd, Iran
Simin Shahvazi1,2, Ziba Mehri1,2, Azadeh Nadjarzadeh1,2, Amin Salehi-Abargouei1,2
1Nutrition and Food Security Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.
2Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran.
Corresponding Author: Amin Salehi-Abargouei, PhD in Nutritional Sciences, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Health, Sahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran, Tel: +98-35-38209100; E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Received Date: 12 Mar 2016 Accepted Date: 10 May 2016 Published Date: 25 May 2016
- Copyright © 2016 Salehi-Abargouei A
Citation: Shahvazi S, Mehri Z, Nadjarzadeh A and Salehi-Abargouei A. (2016). Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome Among Iranian Female Teachers Residing in Yazd, Iran. M J Nutr. 1(1): 003.
Background:Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a nutrition related diseases, which is predicts several life threatening diseases including diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases.
Objectives:The present study aimed to investigate the prevalence of MetS in female teachers.
Participants and Method:This cross-sectional study was conducted on 450 female teachers who lived in Yazd city, Iran in 2015. Blood pressure, anthropometrics and serum triglyceride, high density lipoprotein cholesterol and fasting blood sugar measurements were conducted following the standardized procedures. General information, socio-economic status, education level and physical activity data were obtained through a self-reported questionnaire.
Results:Findings revealed a high prevalence of MetS based on NCEP ATP III criteria (39.11 %) in female teachers. Low HDL-c (48.67 %) and elevated waist circumference (72.22 %) were the most common components of MetS. Prevalence of high fasting blood glucose and high blood pressure was the same (31.78 %). Age, number of deliveries and menopause were significantly associated with likelihood of MetS.
Conclusions:The study results shows MetS is a serious health problem among female teachers residing in Yazd; community based lifestyle interventions seems to be necessary.
KEYWORDSMetabolic Syndrome; Prevalence; ATP III; Iran.
Insulin resistance syndrome or syndrome X which are presently
known as metabolic syndrome (MetS), refers to a cluster
of disorders including insulin resistance, glucose intolerance,
obesity, dyslipidemia, and hypertension . The role of MetS
in risk of mortality, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes
mellitus, fatty liver and some cancers has been suggested.
First MetS diagnosis criteria was announced in 1998 by the
world health organization (WHO), after that different definition
of MetS appeared [2-6].
Prevalence of MetS varies in different countries. The prevalence of MetS in Saudi females was reported 16.1 and 13.6 % according to international diabetes federation (IDF) and national cholesterol education program (NCEP) ATP III criteria, respectively . Gundogan et al reported the prevalence of MetS in Turkish females to be 41.8 % (based on ATPIII) and 44.0 % (based on IDF) . In Nepal 21.9 % of women had MetS according NCEP and its prevalence in Canadian woman (ATPIII) was 19.5 % [9, 10].
It has been reported that MS has a high prevalence in Iran compared with the other countries and this high prevalence presents a public health problem [11, 12]. In 2009, it was estimated that more than 11 million Iranians affect by MetS and prevalence of MetS ranges between 9.7 % to 62.2 % [11, 13, 14]. Prevalence of MetS in women lived in west of Iran was reported 24.4 % and 20.62 % for women in north east of Iran [15, 16]. Sarrafzadegan et al  in Isfahan Healthy Heart Program found 35.1 % of women had MetS. In Tehran lipid and glucose study 42 % of women had MetS . The only related population based study in Yazd city date back to about a decade ago and reported the prevalence of MetS among women to be about 62.2 % . Therefore, we are not able to discuss about the trend of MetS in recent years for Yazd city. Different prevalence rates reported from the understudied region of Middle East makes it necessary to investigate about prevalence of MetS and its associated factors. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and some of its life-style related determinants in female teachers residing in Yazd city, Iran.
The present cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015 among female teachers in Yazd. Four hundred and fifty female teachers aged 20-60 years, were selected using multistage cluster random-sampling method. Informed consent was taken from the female teachers who agreed to participate in the study. Our study was approved by the Nutrition and Food Security Research Center of Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences (Registry Number: P.17.1.11523).Anthropometric Measurements
Weight was measured to the nearest 100 g using SECA portable digital scale (model no: 813), when the participants were minimally clothed and without shoes. Height was measured to the nearest 0.5 centimeter in the standing position while the participants shoulders were in a normal state, using a plastic non-stretchable tape measure fixed on a straight wall . Participants with BMI < 24.9 Kg/m2 were categorized as normal and those with BMI = 25 Kg/m2 and < 30 Kg/m2 were defined as overweight. Other study attendants with BMI = 30 Kg/m2 were regarded as obese. Waist circumference (WC) was recorded by using a non-stretchable plastic tape placed midway between iliac crest and lowest rib while participants were in standing position and were removed belts and tight garments that could change the shape of the body . WC was measured to the nearest 0.5 centimeter while the participants were asked to express the tension of the tape on their body to make sure about proper tension. All measurements were done by a trained nutritionist.Laboratory Assessments
For laboratory assessment each participant were referred to laboratory after overnight fast (10-12 hours) and venous blood samples were drawn. Serum was separated immediately by centrifugation. Serum levels of fasting Blood Glucose (FBG), HDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides were measured using an auto-analyzer (Technicon, model no: RA1000) and Pars Azma kits.Assessment of Blood pressure
Blood pressure (BP) was measured when participants were seated at least for 15 minutes using a standard mercury sphygmomanometer (ALP k2-Japan). The systolic blood pressure was defined as the appearance of the first sound (Korotkoff phase 1) and the diastolic blood pressure was defined as the disappearance of the sound (Korotkoff phase 5) during deflating the cuff. All measurements were taken by the same person.Assessment of other variables
A questionnaire about the demographic characteristics, physical activity, history of chronic diseases, and medication use was filled by each participants and send it back to researchers. Data on physical activity were asked using the short-form of Iranian version of international physical activity questionnaire (IPAQ); then we categorized the participantsí physical activity to sedentary or active (those with at least 60 minutes of severe activities per week were categorized as physically active) .Definition of metabolic syndrome
Having 3 or more of the following was considered as MetS according to the ATP III Criteria :
- Abdominal Obesity: Waist Circumference > 88 cm;
- Hypertriglyceridaemia: Serum triglycerides level > 150mg/ dl;
- HDL-Cholesterol < 50 mg/dl;
- High Blood Pressure: systolic blood pressure (SBP) > 130 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) > 85 mmHg or on treatment for hypertension;
- High Fasting Glucose: Serum glucose level > 100 mg/dl or medication use to control serum glucose levels.
Prevalence rates of metabolic syndrome and its components
for all study members and also based on participantsí age (<
50/ = 50), marital status (single/married), economic status
(low income/ middle income/high income), education (high
school/bachelorís degree/masterís degree), number of parities
(none, one, two, three or more), physical activity (sedentary/
active), husbandís education (high school/bachelorís degree/
masterís degree), menstruation (yes/no), family history
of Diabetes mellitus (DB) (yes/no) and history of cardiovascular
diseases (CVD) (yes/no) were calculated and reported.
Comparison of continuous and categorical variables was done by the use of independent samples studentís t-test and chisquare test, respectively. All statistical analyses was done by SPSS version 20 (IBM SPSS, Tokyo, Japan). P-values = 0.05 were considered as Statistical signi?cant level.
Four hundred and fifty participants aged 40.60Ī8.25 years had complete data to be included in the current analysis. Metabolicsyndrome was prevalent among 39.11 % of participants. Table 1 shows the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome components according to participants general and lifestyle characteristics of included participants. Prevalence of high fasting blood glucose (FBG) increased with age (P = 0.005) and number of deliveries (P = 0.002). High FBG levels was more prevalent in participants who experienced menopause (P < 0.001). The overall prevalence of high FBG in the study population was 31.74 %. Prevalence of high blood pressure (BP) was statistically higher in older subjects (P < 0.001) and increased by number of deliveries (P = 0.002). Participants with family history of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) showed higher prevalence of hypertension (P = 0.022). Low HDL-c was more common compared to other components of MetS (48.67 %); low HDL-c was more prevalent in subject with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) history (P = 0.022). Similar to the other components prevalence of high triglyceride (TG) (P < 0.001) and abdominal obesity (P < 0.001) was increased with age and number of deliveries.Table 1: Prevalence of metabolic syndrome components in all participants (n = 450).
|High FBG (%)||Hypertension (%)||High TG (%)||Low HDL (%)||Abdominal obesity (%)|
|Age group||20-50 y||29.21||27.11||30.0||50.53||69.21|
|P value||0.005||< 0.001||< 0.001||0.05||0.001|
|Masterís degree or higher||23.53||29.41||27.45||41.18||58.82|
|Husbandís Education||High school||37.93||44.83||39.66||48.28||81.03|
|College or Bachelorís degree||28.65||27.85||34.18||50.63||72.15|
|Masterís degree or higher||31.25||26.56||29.69||50.0||71.88|
|Number of Deliveries||None||17.31||15.38||17.31||44.23||36.54|
|3 or more children||43.80||47.93||47.93||51.24||91.74|
|P value||0.002||< 0.001||< 0.001||0.697||= 0.001|
|P value||< 0.001||< 0.001||< 0.001||0.195||< 0.001|
|Family history of cardiovascular diseases||Yes||40.0||40.71||35.71||40.0||80.71|
|Family history of diabetes mellitus||Yes||36.07||31.15||37.70||46.99 Ī 0.50||75.96|
|No||28.40||32.40||34.40||48.40 Ī 0.50||69.20|
|Total||31.78||31.78||34.89||48.67 Ī 0.50||72.22|
For more analysis and detailed description of prevalence of MetS, women without any previous or current chronic disease (cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, multiple sclerosis and cancers) were analyzed, separately (Table 2). Older age was linked to high BP (P = 0.001) and high TG (P = 0.02) also increasing the number of deliveries was associated with high BP (P = 0.002) and high WC (P < 0.001). Postmenopausal women also had higher rates of hypertension (P = 0.001), hypertriglyceridemia (P = 0.022) and abdominal obesity (P = 0.014).Table 2: Prevalence of metabolic syndrome components among participants without history of chronic diseases (n = 255).
|High FBG (%)||Hypertension (%)||High TG (%)||Low HDL (%)||Abdominal obesity (%)|
|Age group||20-50 y||24.66||18.83||21.97||50.67||63.68|
|Masterís degree or higher||25.81||22.58||16.13||41.94||45.16|
|Husbandís Education||High school||23.73||27.12||18.64||45.76||74.58|
|College or Bachelorís degree||22.79||21.32||27.21||52.94||65.44|
|Masterís degree or higher||32.43||16.22||18.92||54.05||70.27|
|Number of Deliveries||None||18.42||15.79||18.42||42.11||34.21|
|3 or more children||32.69||42.31||30.77||55.77||88.46|
|P value||0.443||0.002||0.554||0.640||< 0.001|
|Family history of cardiovascular diseases||Yes||32.88||24.66||26.03||42.47||76.71|
|Family history of diabetes mellitus||Yes||26.60||17.02||26.60||48.94||68.09|
Prevalence of metabolic syndrome among all included participant was 39.11 % and this rate among women without history of chronic diseases was 28.24 %. Prevalence of MetS is reported in Table 3.Table 3: Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in all women (n = 450) and women without history of chronic diseases (n = 255).
|Total participants (n = 450) (%)||Participants without history of chronic diseases (n = 255) (%)|
|Age group||20-50 y||34.74||25.11|
|Masterís degree or higher||27.45||22.58|
|Husbandís Education||High school||49.14||27.12|
|College or Bachelorís degree||37.13||28.68|
|Masterís degree or higher||31.25||27.03|
|Number of Deliveries||None||13.46||13.16|
|3 or more children||58.68||48.08|
|P value||< 0.001||0.001|
|P value||< 0.001||0.065|
|Family history of cardiovascular diseases||Yes||42.86||32.88|
|Family history of diabetes mellitus||Yes||43.72||28.72|
Prevalence of MetS according to NCEP ATP III in both groups increased with more age (P < 0.001 and P = 0.007). Number of
deliveries was positively associated with prevalence of MetS (P < 0.05). Higher level of teacherís education (P = 0.032) and their
husbands education (P = 0.036) was linked with less MetS in all participants, but this relationship was not found in participants
without history of chronic diseases. Marriage status, economic status, physical activity, and family history of CVDs and DM associated
with MetS neither in all population nor in those without history of chronic diseases.
Table 4 describes the prevalence rates for MetS and its components according to BMI categories. Low HDL-c levels was not significantly associated with overweight or obesity (P = 0.267). However, prevalence of all other MetS components significantly increased with overweight and obesity (P < 0.001). The Prevalence of MetS based on NCEP ATPIII definition was also significantly related to overweight and obesity (P < 0.001).
|Normal Number (%)||Overweight Number (%)||Obese Number (%)||P value|
|High FBS||18 (13.6 %)||66 (33.8 %)||59 (48 %)||< 0.001|
|High TG||24 (18.2 %)||70 (35.9 %)||63 (51.2 %)||< 0.001|
|Hypertension||23 (17.4 %)||64 (32.8 %)||56 (45.5 %)||< 0.001|
|Low HDL||58 (43.9 %)||103 (52.8 %)||58 (47.2 %)||0.267|
|Abdominal obesity||35 (26.5 %)||167 (85.6 %)||123 (100 %)||< 0.001|
|Metabolic Syndrome||18 (13.6 %)||80 (41 %)||78 (63.4 %)||< 0.001|
The present study showed that the prevalence of MetS among
female teachers was 39.11%. This finding was close to a study
done by Sadrbafoghi et al ; they reported that about one
third of Yazd population had MetS according to NCEP criteria.
Several studies have reported the prevalence of MetS in
different cities of Iran. Most of these studies reported high
prevalence of MetS among females [15, 16, 18]. It is estimated
that 11 million of Iranian population are affected by MetS
. Similar to Iran in other countries like Turkey, Pakistan and
Saudi Arabia the prevalence of MetS is high. In Turkey the rate
of having MetS among women was reported 45 % and 49 %
for women in Pakistan [23, 24]. In the present study, low HDLc
and increased WC were the most common components of
MetS. These findings are consistent with other studies that
previously carried out in Iran [18, 25, 26].
Changes in lifestyle, unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, increased prevalence of hypertriglyceridemia, overweight and obesity, genetic polymorphism that have been suggested by family and twin studies are associated with low HDL-c. With removing women with previous disease or current disease, these finding still remained the same. In Iran most of women do not have enough physical activity and overweight and obesity are common, so this finding are not unexpected [18, 27-30].
In our study participantsí age was related to MetS and its components. Other studies have also reported the association between age and the prevalence of MetS . This increasing trend can be observed to a similar age-related trend in each of the components of metabolic syndrome.
Our study had several limitations. Causal relationships cannot be inferred from our study because of its cross-sectional nature. Including female teachers in the present study makes it hard to attribute the prevalence rates and the associations found to general population. It should be considered that the last study about prevalence of MetS in Yazd city was conducted in 10 years ago and after that no study is published about the prevalence of MetS and its associated factors in Yazd city. Although we tried to examine the association between several demographic and lifestyle related variables, as the main objective of the present study was reporting the prevalence of MetS among female teachers we did not investigate the association between dietary intake and its association with MetS.
In conclusion, the findings of our study revealed a high prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in a highly educated part of females residing in Yazd city; Furthermore, about one third of the participants who reported no history of chronic diseases had MetS. Designing community based intervention programs to reduce the prevalence of MetS in Yazd city is highly recommended.
This study was financially supported by research council of Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences (SSU). We thank all teachers who participated in our study.COMPETING INTERESTS
The authors have no conflicts of interest.