Korean Populations Westernizing and Rise of heart disease


In 1998, the study found 25 percent of Korean adults age 20 and up had metabolic syndrome. By 2007, that figure had risen to just over 31 percent — close to the rate of 34 percent seen in the U.S. at that time.

The time corresponded to a time of fast economic growth in Korea and the less-than-healthy lifestyle changes that often come with that.

Abdominal obesity, low HDL, and high triglycerides all became more common, the study — based on a periodic government health study of Korean adults aged 20 and older.

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