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BACKGROUND The clustering of metabolic and cardiovascular risk factors is known as metabolic syndrome (MetS). The risk of having MetS is strongly associated with increased adiposity and can be further modified by smoking behavior. Apolipoproteins (apo) associated with low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol(More)
BACKGROUND Not all obese subjects have an adverse metabolic profile predisposing them to developing type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. The BioSHaRE-EU Healthy Obese Project aims to gain insights into the consequences of (healthy) obesity using data on risk factors and phenotypes across several large-scale cohort studies. Aim of this study was to(More)
INTRODUCTION The development of metabolic syndrome (MetS) is influenced by environmental factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption. We determined the combined effects of smoking and alcohol on MetS and its individual components. METHODS 64,046 participants aged 18-80 years from the LifeLines Cohort study were categorized into three body mass index(More)
Health is a multi-dimensional concept, capturing how people feel and function. The broad concept of Active and Healthy Ageing was proposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the process of optimizing opportunities for health to enhance quality of life as people age. It applies to both individuals and population groups. A universal Active and Healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) may be compromised in obese individuals, depending on the presence of other complications. The aim of this study is to assess the effect of obesity-related conditions on HR-QoL. These conditions are i) grade of obesity with and without type 2 diabetes (T2D), ii) metabolic syndrome (MetS), and iii) level of(More)
BACKGROUND Skin autofluorescence (SAF) is a noninvasive marker of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). In diabetes, higher SAF levels have been positively associated with long-term complications, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Because little is known about the factors that influence SAF in nondiabetic individuals, we assessed the association of(More)
Among the medical laboratory professionals, a growing interest exists in the systematic application of quality assurance to their own practice, and consequently in The Netherlands, there is an increasing request for an official accreditation of the quality management system and the competence of the professionals through Coordinatie Commissie voor(More)
INTRODUCTION The presence of the Thr92Ala polymorphism of deiodinase-2 (D2) has been thought to have several effects. It may influence its enzymatic function, is associated with increased expression of genes involved in oxidative stress in brain tissue, and may predict favorable response to combination levothyroxine (LT4) plus triiodothyronine (T3) therapy.(More)
INTRODUCTION To evaluate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its individual components within sex-, body mass index (BMI)- and age combined clusters. In addition, we used the age-adjusted blood pressure thresholds to demonstrate the effect on the prevalence of MetS and elevated blood pressure. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Cross-sectional data from(More)
BACKGROUND Skin autofluorescence, a biomarker for advanced glycation end products (AGEs) accumulation, has been shown to predict diabetes-related cardiovascular complications and is associated with several environmental and lifestyle factors. In the present study, we examined the association between various smoking behaviors and skin autofluorescence, as(More)