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We read with great interest the recent article by Chung et al on the high prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).1 This topic is extremely relevant as regards the current clinical management of patients with SLE, since findings from several studies point to increased cardiovascular risk associated with this disease.2–4 As with most previous research on the incidence of MetS, this study was conducted in the American population where the prevalence of obesity is higher than in other countries.1 However, it is very important to consider the results from studies conducted in different populations when analysing the influence of obesity and other …
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Financial support: This work was supported in part by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), Ministério da Saúde do Brasil, and Fundação de Apoio à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte (FAPERN).
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