Genetic versus environmental aetiology of the metabolic syndrome among male and female twins

  title={Genetic versus environmental aetiology of the metabolic syndrome among male and female twins},
  author={Pernille Poulsen and Allan A. Vaag and Kirsten Ohm Kyvik and Henning Beck-Nielsen},
Aims/hypothesis. The aetiology of the metabolic syndrome including hyperinsulinaemia, glucose intolerance, dyslipidaemia, hypertension and obesity is not known. We studied the relative impact of genetic versus environmental factors for the development of the components in the syndrome among male and female twins. Methods. A total of 303 elderly twin pairs participated in the study. We report concordances and heritability estimates of the components by classic twin analysis to assess the… Expand
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