MetS and its components prevalence. Participants medicated for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes were also accounted. Error bars represent the 95% confidence intervals. Abbreviations: MetS, metabolic syndrome; DBP, diastolic blood pressure; SBP, systolic blood pressure; HDL, high density lipoprotein cholesterol; TG, triglycerides. (*For the MetS prevalence calculation, the newly harmonized definition was considered ).