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Monday, September 19, 2011

Metabolic Syndrome Rife - Suffered By 1 In 5 Canadians

Oink, eh?
Approximately one in five Canadians has metabolic syndrome - a combination of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease - according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease twofold and includes a combination of three or more of the following five conditions: abdominal obesity, high triglycerides (high blood fat), low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure or impaired glucose tolerance...

Abdominal obesity was the most common aspect of the syndrome, found in 35% of the population...

Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, can help address the underlying health issues associated with metabolic syndrome.

"Public health efforts to address these important risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease in populations of low socioeconomic status are imperative," conclude the authors.
No, they are losing propositions.


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