Obesity (part 1)

In Canada, one in four adults and one in ten children are obese… That’s 6 million Canadians! The Weekly Mnemonic is starting another series which will feature mnemonics related to this very common disease. Here is part 1 for metabolic syndrome.

Different criteria for metabolic syndrome exist, however they all contain the following components which are summarized by the mnemonic “PHATS”:

P = Pressure (>130/85 mm Hg)
H = HDL (<1.03 mmol/L in men & <1.29 mmol/L in women)
A = Abdominal obesity (different criteria exist, but generally >102 cm in men & >88 cm in women or BMI > 30)
T= Triglycerides elevated (>1.7 mmol/L)
S = Sugars (i.e. impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose, insulin resistance, or diabetes mellitus)



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