HealthDay News — More than one-quarter of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have metabolic syndrome (MetS), according to a review published online in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Chong Sun, from First Hospital of China Medical University in Shenyang, and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the prevalence of MetS in patients with SLE.

The researchers found that 47 studies (8367 subjects), published between 2006 and 2016, showed a pooled prevalence of MetS in patients with SLE of 0.26. 

Twenty-four studies (2744 cases and 3028 controls) found that SLE patients had high risk of MetS (odds ratio, 1.88).

“The systematic review and meta-analysis demonstrated the prevalence of MetS in patients with SLE was 26% and the patients with SLE were more prone to having MetS than the control population,” the authors write.

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Sun C, Qin W, Zhang YH, et al. Prevalence and risk of metabolic syndrome in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus: A meta-analysis. Int J Rheum Dis. 2017;20(8):917-928.