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Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2006 December;52(4):379-85

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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