Menopause and the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Among Middle-Aged Chinese Women

· Volume 3, Volume 3 Issue 1

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

Authors: Strand, Mark A.; Huseth-Zosel, Andrea; He, Meizi; Perry, Judith

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.