Metabolic syndrome (MetS) in MENA region
The incidence and prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is considered high. Studies have found that the prevalence of MetS in the MENA region ranges from 20-40%. Factors that contribute to the high incidence of MetS in the MENA region include increasing age, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy diet. A high intake of saturated fats, sugar and refined carbohydrates are common in the MENA region, and are known to contribute to the development of MetS. Additionally, there is a high prevalence of genetic predisposition in the MENA region, which is thought to be a major risk factor for the development of MetS.
The high incidence and prevalence of MetS in the MENA region is a significant public health concern, as it is a major risk factor for the development of several chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer.