We thank Fabiani and colleagues for the attention given to our article “Metabolic syndrome and dietary patterns: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies” . We have conducted an accurate review of the manuscript and there are issues argued by Fabiani and colleagues on which we would like to comment.
The authors mention that there are oversights in the inclusion of risk values associated with the prudent and the western dietary patterns in some papers due to being calculated considering a different pattern as reference (OR = 1). Specifically, the dietary patterns included in the articles from Sun 2014; Berg 2008; Kimokoti 2012; Song 2012; Leite 2009 and Duffey 2012 [
7]. To assess the robustness of combined effect estimates, we performed a sensitivity analysis. The results show no evident changes in the risk after excluding the articles from Sun 2014; Berg 2008; Song 2012 and Leite 2009 [
6] either in the prudent/healthy dietary pattern...
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