Korean Populations Westernizing and Rise of heart disease

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/12/us-korea-heart-idUSTRE74B08V20110512

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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