September 25 2017. A study reported on September 22, 2017 in Nutrients found a lower incidence of metabolic syndrome among dietary supplement users in Korea. Metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that include elevations in blood pressure, glucose and triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol levels, and abdominal obesity, is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The study included 1,847 supplement users and 4,461 nonusers enrolled in the 2010-2011 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Twenty-four-hour diet recall data was analyzed for antioxidant content. Survey responses provided information concerning the use of supplements. Metabolic syndrome was diagnosed when three or more risk factors were present during health examinations.
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