What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a health condition that everyone's talking about.
Although it was only identified less than 20 years ago, metabolic syndrome is as widespread as pimples and the
. According to the American Heart Association, 47 million Americans have it. That's almost a staggering one out of every six people. The syndrome runs in families and is more common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans. The risks of developing metabolic syndrome increases as you age.
Indeed, metabolic syndrome seems to be a condition that many people have, but no one knows very much about. It's also debated by the experts -- not all doctors agree that metabolic syndrome should be viewed as a distinct condition.
So what is this mysterious syndrome -- which also goes by the scary-sounding name Syndrome X -- and should you be worried about it?
Understanding Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is not a disease in itself. Instead, it's a group of risk factors -- high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat.