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What are the health implications of having metabolic syndrome?
Posted by Stephan Mackenzie on 22 April 2011 11:18 AM
Each of the components of metabolic syndrome acts to significantly increase the risk of developing one or more diseases. As examples, excess abdominal fat is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease; hypertension is the most important risk factor for stroke; high blood LDL and low HDL increase the risk of heart disease. Insulin resistance can be the first step on the road to type 2 diabetes. In brief, having type 2 diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease and blindness, and also of having to undergo limb amputations (due to gangrene). The rapid increase in incidence of metabolic syndrome, not only among adults but also in children and adolescents, represents a potential 'time bomb' for the future adult populations of developed nations. Effective preventive measures are needed for the entire population, and ways of reducing the incidence of metabolic syndrome among adults (mainly) are also urgently needed.
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