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Colonic diverticulosis and the metabolic syndrome: an association?

Colonic diverticulosis and the metabolic syndrome: an association?
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Teixeira C, Trabulo D, Ribeiro S, Martins CR, Alves AL, Cremers I, Oliveira AP,


Teixeira C, Trabulo D, Ribeiro S, Martins CR, Alves AL, Cremers I, Oliveira AP, (click to view)

Teixeira C, Trabulo D, Ribeiro S, Martins CR, Alves AL, Cremers I, Oliveira AP,

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Revista espanola de enfermedades digestivas : organo oficial de la Sociedad Espanola de Patologia Digestiva 2017 08 04109() doi 10.17235/reed.2017.5009/2017
Abstract
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
Colonic diverticulosis (CD) is related to advanced age and a lack of dietary fiber. Recently, several studies have shown that metabolic syndrome (MS) is also implicated in the etiopathogenesis of CD. This study aimed to assess the association between MS, obesity and CD.

METHODS
This was a prospective study of a one-year duration. The MS was defined according to the National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III). Demographic data, risk factors for MS and endoscopic findings of patients who underwent a total colonoscopy in the department were collected. Obesity was defined as a body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2. Informed consent was obtained. The local Ethics Committee and National Data Protection Committee approved the study. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS 21 and statistical significance was defined as p < 0.05. RESULTS
The study included 203 patients, 95 males with a mean age of 65.5 years. CD was diagnosed in 30.5% of patients. Univariate analysis showed that age, hypertension, increased waist circumference and hyperlipidemia were associated with colonic diverticulosis. There was no association with gender, obesity or type 2 diabetes mellitus. Multivariate analysis showed that age and a greater waist circumference increased the risk of diverticulosis. Age-adjusted analysis showed that MS was associated with diverticulosis. The prevalence of adenoma in patients with CD was similar to that in patients without CD.

CONCLUSION
In this series, MS was significantly associated with CD. The identification of risk groups is important since diverticulosis can have serious and potentially fatal complications. To our knowledge, this is the first Southern European prospective study evaluating the association between MS and CD.

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