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Metabolic Syndrome

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is actually multiple conditions, that when exist together, increase one’s risk of heart disease and other serious health issues such as diabetes, stroke, liver disease and cancer. The term "metabolic" refers to the complex of physical and chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. The term "syndrome" refers to a group of factors or conditions that consistently occur together.

Metabolic Syndrome is also known as dysmetabolic syndrome, Syndrome X and insulin resistance syndrome.

Discovered 20 years ago, metabolic syndrome is a serious health issue which is becoming more and more common in the United States, reportedly affects a staggering 70 million American adults. Due to most people not knowing what metabolic syndrome is or that it even exists and the fact it affects so many, it has been termed the "silent killer", and the "unknown epidemic".

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