Do You Have Syndrome X?

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(PRWEB) June 1, 2003

Syndrome X— the name may sound mysterious, but the problem is far more common than you would think. This prevalent health disorder affects nearly one in four adults and significantly increases one’s risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke. Some physicians even believe that Syndrome X increases risk for all age-related disorders. Here is what you need to know to assess and lower your risk of developing this serious condition.

Syndrome X is a term that actually describes a group of health disorders caused by insulin resistance that include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, abdominal obesity (or a pot belly), and blood-sugar problems.

What is insulin resistance you ask? Insulin resistance occurs when our body’s cells lose their sensitivity to insulin, a hormone that helps glucose enter the cells where it’s used for energy. Insulin resistance is usually a precursor to type 2 diabetes (also known as adult onset diabetes), but it’s almost always tied to obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. Researchers first noticed the connection more than a decade ago and began calling it Syndrome X.

Experts don’t know what causes insulin resistance and Syndrome X. One risk factor is genetics. For instance, if type 2 diabetes (also known as adult onset diabetes) runs in your family, it’s likely that you will develop diabetes at some point in your life. But researchers are also focusing on diet and activity level as risk factors.

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