When Military Fitness Standards No Longer Apply: The High Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Recent Air Force Retirees
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Background Metabolic syndrome MetS is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease CVD . With MetS prevalence rates increasing in the US population, prevention efforts have largely focused on diet and exercise interventions. Prior to retirement, military service membershave met fitness requirements for at least 20 years, and have lower MetS rates compared to agematchedUS population controls 23.4 vs. 39.0, which suggests a protective effect of thelifestyle associated with military service. However, MetS rates in military retirees have not been previously reported, so it is unknown whether this protective effect extends beyond military service. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of MetS and individual diagnostic criteria in a population of recent USAF retirees.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Anatomy and Physiology