Metabolic Syndrome

Based on analysis published in Diabetes Care. 2010 Nov; 33(11): 2477–2483 there has been relationship between consumption of sugar sweetened beverages with the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Article published in Food and Chemical Toxicology Volume 49, Issue 11, November 2011, Pages 2875-2882 also indicated that there was a relationship between fructose and non-fructose sugar intakes associated with indicators of metabolic syndrome.

The syndrome is associated with a cluster of the most dangerous heart attack risk factors of: excess abdominal fat; high blood sugar; high triglycerides; low levels of the good cholesterol HDL; and elevated blood pressure.

Metabolic syndrome also labeled as ‘insulin resistance syndrome’, ‘syndrome X’, ‘hypertriglyceridemic waist’, and ‘the deadly quartet’, is increasingly being recognized as an important cardiovascular risk factor.

Metabolic syndrome affects a fifth or more of the population of the USA and about a quarter of the population of Europe. South-east Asia has a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome but is rapidly moving towards rates similar to the western world. The adult population are twice as likely to die from and three times as likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared with people without the syndrome.

Furthermore, people with metabolic syndrome have a fivefold greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic Syndrome

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