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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Is Associated with Metabolic Syndrome in the Vietnam Experience Study

Carroll, Douglas and Phillips, Anna C. and Thomas, G. Neil and Gale, Catharine R. and Deary, Ian and Batty, G. David (2009) Generalized Anxiety Disorder Is Associated with Metabolic Syndrome in the Vietnam Experience Study. Biological Psychiatry, 66 (1). pp. 91-93. ISSN 00063223

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.02.020

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.02.020

Few studies have explored the relationship between major mental health disorders and metabolic syndrome (MetS), although both have been linked to cardiovascular disease. The present study examined the cross-sectional associations of major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with MetS in a large study of male US veterans.

The analyses were cross-sectional. Participants (n = 4256) were drawn from the Vietnam Experience Study. From military service files, telephone interviews, and a medical examination, occupational, socio-demographic, and health data were collected. One-year prevalence of MDD and GAD was determined with DSM-III criteria. Metabolic syndrome was ascertained from data on: body mass index, fasting blood glucose or a diagnosis of diabetes, blood pressure, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

In models that adjusted for age (p = .01) and additionally for place of service, ethnicity, marital status, smoking, alcohol consumption, IQ at enlistment, household income in midlife, and education grade achieved (p = .02), GAD was positively associated with MetS. Major depressive disorder was not related to MetS.

Depression has very much been the focal condition for studies on mental health and physical health outcomes. The current data suggest that future research should perhaps pay equal attention to GAD.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2009 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:BF Psychology
GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Elsevier
ID Code:1208
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