Indian Journal of Gastroenterology

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 15–22 | Cite as

The metabolic syndrome and its components as prognostic factors in metastatic colorectal cancer

  • Melissa Reed
  • Caitlyn Patrick
  • Brianna Croft
  • Natalie Walde
  • Ioannis A. VoutsadakisEmail author
Original Article



Components of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) are involved in colorectal cancer development and the incidence of the disease is higher in obese and diabetic patients. Nevertheless, the value of these diseases or the MetS as a whole as prognostic markers once colorectal cancer is diagnosed is controversial.


Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated in our center over a 6-year period were reviewed and data on baseline characteristics of the patients and their cancers were extracted. Data on the presence and pharmacologic treatments of the four components of the MetS (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia) were also recorded. Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS), Kaplan-Meier curves of the various groups were constructed and compared with the log-rank test.


One hundred and twenty-three patients were included in the analysis. The prevalence of the four MetS components was 66.1% for overweight/obesity, 25.2% for diabetes, 61% for hypertension, and 41.5% for dyslipidemia. Among the four components of the metabolic syndrome, none was associated with either PFS or OS. Diabetes tended to approach significance for PFS (p = 0.08). The MetS as a whole did not influence survival outcome. MetS was not prognostic even if the overweight category was not considered as a positive element of the syndrome.


These data suggest that diabetes or other metabolic syndrome elements are not prognostic factors for PFS or OS in metastatic colorectal cancer. Further investigation may be warranted with a focus on refinement of the metabolic evaluation.


Colorectal cancer Diabetes Metabolic syndrome Obesity Prognosis 


Funding information

The study was supported by a grant by the Sault Ste. Marie Academic Medical Association, Ontario, Canada (I.A. Voutsadakis).

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Conflict of interest

MR, CP, BC, NW, and IAV declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethics statement

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


The authors are solely responsible for the data and the content of the paper. In no way, the Honorary Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board Members, or the printer/publishers are responsible for the results/findings and content of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Reed
    • 1
  • Caitlyn Patrick
    • 1
  • Brianna Croft
    • 1
  • Natalie Walde
    • 1
  • Ioannis A. Voutsadakis
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Clinical Trials UnitSault Area HospitalSault Ste. MarieCanada
  2. 2.Algoma District Cancer ProgramSault Area HospitalSault Ste. MarieCanada
  3. 3.Section of Internal Medicine, Division of Clinical SciencesNorthern Ontario School of MedicineSudburyCanada

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