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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 238-244

Metabolic syndrome in pediatric age - A group requiring intensive review

1 Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Public Health, International Union, IUATLD South Asia Office, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Vanita L Das
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342 005
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9906.146803

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Metabolic syndrome or MS as it is called is a compilation of most of the non-communicable disease components which is a life style disease with strong genetic predisposition, culminating in a morbid adulthood. The increasing number of subjects under the umbrella of MS is alarming. Diabetes mellitus, hypertension is the end result of this insulin resistance as it is sometimes called. Apart from genes, it also has strong inflammatory components that are responsible for early onset of MS. MS is marked by a gamut of inflammatory and non-inflammatory markers. If diagnosed early by screening the population, the percentage of florid cases of this debilitating syndrome can be brought down. Active intervention and constant monitoring of affected or predisposed young subjects will curtail the progress of MS and prevent full blown diabetes and hypertension, thus reducing cardiovascular complications, other morbidity and early mortality. Prevention is always better than cure.

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