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Researchers Say Metabolic Syndrome May be “Silent Killer” of Americans

A recent commentary published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics on January 9, 2017 by researchers from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University suggests that metabolic syndrome may be a “silent killer,” comparable to high blood pressure in the 1970s.


Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other diseases. These risk factors include central obesity, hypertension, and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism


The researchers investigated the connection between being overweight or obese and metabolic syndrome. They found that being overweight or obese is the major factor when it comes to developing metabolic syndrome. They suggested that for optimal health the waist should be no more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women. This is due to the fact that the visceral fat in abdominal obesity leads to insulin resistance and the release of non-esterified free fatty acids from adipose tissue or body fat.


The researchers also pointed out that while most people with metabolic syndrome are asymptomatic, they have a 10-year risk of a first coronary event. They have a Framingham Risk Score of 16 to 18%, which is the same as someone who has already had a first coronary event. The researchers stated that adolescents today run the risk of being the first generation since 1960 to have a higher mortality rates than their parents, due to obesity and cardiovascular disease.


The authors recommend a weight loss of 5% or more of body weight combined with a brisk walk for 20 or more minutes per day for American adults, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.


Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise may help with blood sugar control, reduce body weight, improve heart health, improve respiratory health and reduce your risk of dying prematurely.

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