No End in Sight
Metabolic syndrome is increasing in the United States, up from 29 percent of adults between 1988 and 1994 to 34 percent today, equal to about 68 million Americans. Young women in particular have had a significant increase, regardless of race. Previously called Syndrome X, the condition refers to a collection of risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease and includes abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and abnormal cholesterol levels including low HDL and high triglycerides. The rise in metabolic syndrome is primarily due to increasing prevalence of both obesity and high blood pressure. The findings underscore the importance of a healthy lifestyle -- which includes maintaining a normal weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise.