ABSTRACT: This community-based study aimed to elucidate whether there is a gender difference in the effect of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its individual components on an elevated risk for incident colorectal adenoma.A prospective cohort study was conducted by enrolling 59,767 subjects aged 40 years or older between 2001 and 2009 in Keelung, Taiwan, to test this hypothesis, excluding those with a prior history of colorectal cancer and those with colorectal cancer diagnosed at the first screening. Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to assess the effect of MetS in terms of a dichotomous classification, each individual component and the number of components for males and females.Colorectal adenoma was present in 2.7% (n = 652) of male participants and 1.1% (n = 403) of female participants. The prevalence rate of MetS was 26.7% and 23.3% for males and females, respectively. The effect of MetS on colorectal adenoma was statistically significant and similar for the 2 genders, with an adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) of 1.33 (95% CI: 1.13-1.58) in males and 1.33 (95% CI: 1.06-1.66) in females after adjustment for confounders. However, MetS led to higher risk of advanced colorectal adenoma in men than in women. Regarding the effect of each component of MetS on colorectal adenoma, abnormal waist circumference and hypertriglyceridemia led to an elevated risk of colorectal adenoma in both genders. A rising risk of colorectal adenoma among females was noted in those with a moderately higher level of glycemia (100-125 mg/dL, aHR = 1.44, 95% CI: 1.12-1.85). Hypertriglyceridemia and high blood pressure were associated with an increased risk of advance colorectal adenoma in males.Both male and female subjects with MetS had a higher risk of colorectal adenoma. The contributions from individual components of MetS varied by gender. These findings suggest that the possible risk reduction of colorectal adenoma through metabolic syndrome-based lifestyle modifications may differ between genders.
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