Seasonal changes in weight increase the risk for metabolic syndrome, a
group of scientists from National Public Health Institute, Helsinki,
This finding was based on analysis of 8,028 individuals,
representative of the general population aged over 30, who attended a
nationwide health examination survey.
According to the current study, individuals with metabolic syndrome
have more seasonal changes in their mood and behavior. The study
concludes that the seasonal changes in weight in particular are linked
to metabolic syndrome.
With people having the 'winter blues' the risk of metabolic syndrome
is heightened by 56 per cent. The negative effect of the seasonal
changes equals to the protective effect against metabolic syndrome
gained with regular physical exercise.
Because of easy assessment the scoring of seasonal changes in weight
might be taken as a routine part of health status examination in
persons being at risk of or currently having metabolic syndrome. If
there were these changes, treatment options including scheduled
exposures to light and regular physical exercise need to be
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