New Orleans—The new buzz phrase regarding
cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus is "metabolic syndrome."
Some researchers say an epidemic of metabolic syndrome is sweeping the
nation. They warn that about one third of the US population has the syndrome
and face increased risk for developing heart problems and diabetes and that
its prevalence is growing, due to the obesity epidemic. As obesity (especially
abdominal obesity) becomes more common, so does the metabolic syndrome and
its associated conditions—dyslipidemia, hypertension, and glucose intolerance.
Genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, and aging are also factors .
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