Numerous efforts for the development of basic and clinical research in obesity are currently being implemented by the National Institutes of Health, Federal Reference Hospitals and High Specialty Hospitals of Mexico. However, we need a more comprehensive interaction among researchers and research results must be disseminated in more efficient ways. This manuscript outlines the guidelines and research proposals put forth by the Task Force for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome convened by the Coordinating Committee of the National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals (CCINSHAE) of Mexico. This is the first step in developing common goals, with the aim of understanding the effect these clinical entities have in public health and establish guidelines to limit and eventually overcome them. We discuss the appropriateness of analyzing obesity and the metabolic syndrome as a single entity and the current management of these entities at the National Institutes of Health in Mexico. The problems that arise in clinical practice create the need to design a new medical care model, including a “new” health professional and a “new” patient. It is imperative to establish permanent lines of communication and education among health personnel and patients. The Task Force proposes we undertake a comprehensive research approach in this field. Finally we describe a master plan that links the National Institutes of Health with special emphasis in research and programs within institutions. This is considered a first step in seeking answers that will prove useful in solving the problem. The second step would be linking the first and second levels of care through concrete actions needed to limit and reduce obesity and metabolic syndrome among the population.

Palabras clave: Obesity metabolic syndrome Mexico National Institutes of Health.

2009-12-17   |   972 visitas   |   3 valoraciones

Vol. 61 Núm.4. Julio-Agosto 2009 Pags. 337-346 Rev Invest Clin 2009; 61(4-ENGLISH)