What is Metabolic Syndrome, and Why are Children Getting It?

Metabolic syndrome, sometimes known by other names, is a clustering of at least three of the five following medical conditions: abdominal obesity, high blood pre.ssure, high blood sugar, high serum triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.

Metabolic syndrome is associated with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In the US about a quarter of the adult population has metabolic syndrome, and the prevalence increases with age, with racial and ethnic minorities being particularly affected.

Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and prediabetes are closely related to one another and have overlapping aspects.

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