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Table 2 Harmonized criteria for the metabolic syndrome and the corresponding post mortem criteria

From: Establishing post mortem criteria for the metabolic syndrome: an autopsy based cross-sectional study

  Ante mortem criteria Post mortem criteria
1 Waist circumference (≥ 94 cm men; ≥ 80 cm women) Supine waist circumference with conversion factor (≥ 94 cm men; ≥ 80 cm women)
2 Increased TG or treatment hereof Information from the police report Medication in the PM-toxicology Increased TG in the PM-biochemistry (≥ 1.7 mmol/L)
3 Decreased HDL-cholesterol or treatment hereof Information from the police report Medication in the PM-toxicology Increased total cholesterol in the PM-biochemistry (≥ 5.0 mmol/L)
4 Hypertension or treatment hereof Information from the police report Medication in the PM-toxicology Left ventricular wall thickness (≥ 15 mm) Increased urine albumin/creatinine ratio in the PM-biochemistry (> 30 mg/g)
5 Increased fasting blood glucose or treatment hereof Information from the police report Medication in the PM-toxicology Increased HbA1C in the PM-biochemistry (> 38 mmol/mol)
  1. HbA1C glycated haemoglobin, HDL high density lipoprotein, PM post mortem, TG triglyceride