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MINERVA GASTROENTEROLOGICA E DIETOLOGICA
A Journal on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2006 December;52(4):379-85
Obesity and related diseases: an epidemiologic study in eastern Sicily
Bertino G., Ardiri A. M., Alì F. T., Boemi P. M., Cilio D., Di Prima P., Fisichella A., Ierna D., Neri S., Pulvirenti D., Urso G., Mauceri B., Valenti M., Bruno C. M.
Department of Internal Medicine and Systemic Diseases University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Aim. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of obesity in a non selected cohort of adult subjects living in eastern Sicily.
Methods. Out of 2 296 examined subjects, 834 (36.3%) were affected by obesity. Of these, only 160 (19.1%) were affected by obesity alone while 674 (80.9%) showed other associated pathologies.
Results. The prevalence of arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hepatic steatosis, hyperdyslipidemia and renal failure was significantly higher (P = 0.000) than in a control group of non-obese subjects comparable for sex and age.
Conclusions. In a large part of obese patients, the presence of insulin resistance was observed suggesting that this alteration can play a pivotal role in the development of some important metabolic and cardiovascular complications related to obesity.