Lupus: Open Access

Lupus: Open Access
Open Access

ISSN: 2684-1630


Avela Ntombenkosi Nkabane

Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Original Research Article   
    High Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in South African Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Patients
    Author(s): Avela Ntombenkosi Nkabane and Bridget Hodkinson*

    Introduction: Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at increased risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its complications. In absence of published studies from sub- Saharan Africa, we investigated the prevalence and associations of MetS amongst recent-onset SLE patients. Methods: A cross-sectional study of recent onset (<5 years disease duration) SLE patients meeting the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) SLE classification criteria. MetS was defined by Joint Interim Statement criteria. Clinical, demographic data, a Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy score and the 36-Item Short-Form Healthy Survey were completed. Results: 75 SLE patients were included in the study, 65 (86.7%) were female, and 68.0% were of mixed ethnic, the mean age was 37.1 (11.7) years and th.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2684-1630.19.4.141

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