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Acta bioquímica clínica latinoamericana

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ENCALADA-TORRES, Lorena et al. Serum transaminases and metabolic syndrome in adults older than 65 years old from the Ecuadorian highlands. Acta bioquím. clín. latinoam. [online]. 2017, vol.51, n.4, pp.603-608. ISSN 0325-2957.

The objective of the present work was to determine the relationship between serum transaminases and the Metabolic Syndrome (MS) components in an elderly population from the Ecuadorian highlands. Said population was composed of 387 elderly people from Cuenca-Ecuador. The diagnosis of MS was made using the ATPIII-2005 criteria. For the quantification of transaminases alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), the Genesis 20 spectrophotometer was used with the reactive from the commercial house Wiener lab. The groups with and without MS were compared using Student’s t test. Pearson’s correlation was used to measure the association between SM components and transaminases. The prevalence of MS was 57.4%, for impaired transaminases 12.4% and 9.0% for AST and ALT respectively. Although a correlation was found between AST, triglycerides and C-HDL, no direct association between SM and transaminases was found. These results indicate that it is necessary to make more studies in the role of serum transaminases in the elderly population.

Keywords : Liver enzimes; Alanine aminotransferase; Aspartate aminotransferase; Elderly; Metabolic syndrome.

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