In the late 1990s the non-communicable diseases were becoming increasingly more prevalent and a significant proportion of evidence in this regard had originated from industrialized "Western"
This had led to a landscape where most national and local health decisions regarding non-communicable diseases [NCDs] were informed by data generated elsewhere. Iran, as a large country in the Middle East was no exception and was going through significant population growth and urban development at the time. An initiative by the Iranian National Scientific Research Council funded an idea that was aimed at delineating the local epidemiology of NCDs and their risk factors in a manner that was unprecedented. The result was Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study [TLGS] , the first and longest running cohort of its sort in Iran. Initial data out of TLGS reported the characteristics of 15005 people aged over 3 years in a representative population of Tehranians. Additionally, distribution and prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among the study population were characterized. This population was selected through a multistage stratified cluster random sampling technique from the population of district 13 in Tehran. In addition, TLGS gave rise to a great deal of important and highly effective initial findings on national cut-off points for various variables, information about nutrition, hypertension, dyslipoproteinemia, and metabolic syndrome. TLGS also generated information about metabolic health indicators among children and adolescents. Here we present a brief overview of rationale, design, and initial findings of TLGS
Fereidoun Azizi ,Fereidoun Azizi ,Azita Zadeh Vakili ,Miralireza Takyar ,
Review of rationale design and initial findings: Tehran lipid and glucose study,
Int. J. Endocrinol. Metab. 2018;
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