Nearly 35% of adults in America and 50% of those 60 years of age or older are estimated to have metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome X and insulin resistance syndrome. These are staggering statistics. Potentially 3 of 10 adults in America are living with a syndrome that they may not even realize they have.
Metabolic syndrome is not a disease itself. Rather it is a cluster of several risk factors that have been found to be a major contributor to the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease, and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include:abdominal obesity high fasting blood sugar levels elevated triglycerides low HDL cholesterol elevated blood pressure
Having three or more of these risk factors indicates metabolic syndrome.
Apparently not all fat is alike. The fat that packs itself around the abdomen poses the greatest danger. Abdominal obesity is defined by a waist circumference measurement of > 40 inches in men, > 35 inches in women.
A fasting blood sugar level > 110 is another early …
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