Korean J Sports Med.  2010 Dec;28(2):125-131.

The Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome and Cut-off Values of Power and Flexibility in Elderly Males

  • 1Sports Health Medical Center, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. ysjin@amc.seoul.kr
  • 2Department Medical, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Physical Education, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea.


The purpose of the study was to find out the age-adjusted odds ratio of the metabolic syndrome and the associated cut-off values of the physical fitnessfactors of the elderly males in their 60s and 70s. 477 participants were tested for the cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max), power, flexibility as well as blood battery and abdominal circumference for the metabolic syndrome status. As a result, 32.2% of the participants had metabolic syndrome with the associated cut-off values of the power and flexibility as 29.0 cm (areas under curve [AUC]: 0.57, p=0.029) and 0.6 cm (AUC: 0.54, p=0.028), respectively. The cardiorespiratory fitness showed no significant difference prevalence rate between groups. The prevalence rate was calculated by dividing the participants into high and low groups. The metabolic syndrome prevalence rate for the low power group was 1.63 (p<0.030) and low flexibility group was 2.01 (p<0.002). The cardiovascular fitness showed no significant prevalence rate.


Metabolic syndrome; VO2max; Power; Flexibility; Odds ratio
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