Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Metabolic Syndrome: Retrospective Study of Repatriated Prisoners of War
ROBERT E MITCHELL CENTER FOR PRISONER OF WAR STUDIES (NAVY) PENSACOLA FL
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Objective We conducted a retrospective study of metabolic data for Vietnam-era repatriated prisoners of war RPWs and a comparison group to determine if metabolic syndrome MbS was more common in those individuals with clinically diagnosed, current or lifetime posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD as suggested in a recent report. Methods The metabolic data of our patients nearest the time of psychiatric evaluation 1998-2004 for PTSD were analyzed using both an analysis of variance and logistic regression. Results Although we found elevated triglyceride levels 40 mgdl higher in RPWs with PTSD who met MbS criteria, overall the prevalence of MbS was the same in RPWs with and without PTSD and comparison group. Moreover, current PTSD symptom severity did not increase the likelihood of MbS. Conclusions Our results from these repatriates who actively participate in a 37-year medical follow up program do not support the conclusion that MbS occurs more commonly in individuals with current PTSD.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Stress Physiology