While the metabolic syndrome has been thrust into the spotlight because
of the obesity epidemic, it is clear that the condition is not simply caused
by lifestyle habits such as overeating and inactivity. Genetic components
likely play a role, and scientists have now identified a potential genetic
culprit for some individuals with the condition.
An estimated 47 million people in the United States have the metabolic
syndrome, which is associated with the development of diabetes and heart disease.
Factors characteristic of the syndrome include
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