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Metabolic syndrome, or Syndrome X, comprises of several diseases that combine to increase a person's risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, and other life limiting illnesses. Hypertension, obesity, insulin insensitivity (prediabetes), dyslipidemia (high 'bad' fats in the blood, low 'good' fats), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are factors that form the metabolic syndrome which combine to indicate a person's risk of adverse life events. They have been found to in fact multiply the risk according to how many risk factors the person has. People with 3 or more risk factors are more likely to have chest pain, require medication and suffer heart attacks earlier in life. The metabolic syndrome can be addressed and prevented with improvements in diet, increased activity, decreased stress, smoking cessation and medication. With the obesity epidemic involving increasing numbers of children nowadays, the metabolic syndrome is already compromising many young lives with the threat of heart disease in young adulthood, a very real concern.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Newswise
About: Metabolic syndrome and heart disease risk
Date: 3 January 2005
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