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Metabolic Syndrome Introduction

Metabolic Syndrome Introduction
Causes and Risk Factors

Metabolic syndrome
About 47 million adults in the United States (almost 25 percent) can be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, or insulin resistance syndrome, and the numbers continue to grow. In fact, this increase can be connected to the rise in obesity rates among adults. But what is metabolic syndrome? What characterised the condition?

What is metabolic syndrome?
Not all experts agree on the definition of metabolic syndrome or whether it even exists as a distinct medical condition. However, the term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that occur together and increases risk of serious disease such as coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These conditions are

  • high blood pressure
  • high blood sugar levels
  • high levels of triglycerides in the blood
  • low levels of High-density lipoprotein (HDL) in the blood
  • too much fat around the waist

People diagnosed with just one of these conditions, do not have metabolic syndrome, but each condition does contribute to risk of serious diseases. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

Do doctors know what causes metabolic syndrome? And how do you know if you are at risk of developing serious diseases associated with metabolic syndrome? Continue reading here. We’ll cover the causes and risk factors of metabolic disorders such as metabolic syndrome in the next section.

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