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Metabolic Syndrome X - Teenagers Study

For the new study, Weitzman and his colleagues analyzed data about 2,430 adolescents ages 12 to 19 collected between 1988 and 1994 for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative ongoing federal survey of U.S. health issues.

The analysis showed that 4.2 percent of adolescents meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome, which translates into 910,000 teens, the researchers reported in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. The syndrome was found in at least 6.1 percent of males and 2.1 percent of females.

The syndrome is by far most common among those who are overweight. Nearly 30 percent of those who are either overweight or obese have the syndrome, the researchers found.

"That's exactly what's driving it -- the vast majority of kids in this sample who had this are overweight," said Weitzman, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester.

"So when you go to the mall or the airport or the supermarket and you scratch your head because of the increasing number of markedly overweight adolescents you see, almost three out of every 10 is like a ticking time bomb for heart disease" because they have metabolic syndrome, he said.

The risk for diabetes and heart disease drops sharply for those who have metabolic syndrome if they lose weight.

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