Metabolic Syndrome Poses Serious Health Threat. (News).(says Research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ()(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)

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Metabolic Syndrome Poses Serious Health Threat. (News).(says Research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ()(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)


Metabolic syndrome affects a large number of adults in the United States according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The syndrome typically involves high blood triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and low levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol). According to the CDC's findings, published in the January 16, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, about 22 percent of adults in the United States (at least 47 million) have metabolic syndrome. The estimate is based on an analysis of data from a representative sample of 8,814 men and women, 20 years of age or older, who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1988 and 1994.

The prevalence of the disorder ranges from 43.5 percent among participants aged 60 through 69 years to 6.7 percent among participants aged 20 through 29 years. When the results were adjusted for age, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome was discovered to be highest among Mexican American men and women as a group (31.9%). Mexican American women, however, were singled out with a 26 percent higher prevalence of the disorder than Mexican American men. A gender-related discrepancy also existed among African Americans, with a 57 percent higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome among African American women than among African American men. …

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