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Metabolic Syndrome X - Health Warning

As the nation's obesity epidemic has accelerated, public health authorities have become increasingly focused on Metabolic Syndrome X, which occurs predominantly among people who are overweight and is perhaps the earliest warning sign of developing health problems.

Previous studies found that 22 percent of U.S. adults have Metabolic Syndrome X, but no one had assessed the prevalence of the disorder in teenagers.

Teens with the syndrome are believed to be at sharply increased risk for developing diabetes by their twenties and heart disease as early as their forties. Metabolic Syndrome X is defined as having at least three of five criteria: being overweight around the abdomen and having high blood pressure, high blood levels of fatty chemicals called triglycerides, low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and high blood sugar.

"Metabolic Syndrome X is extremely concerning because it likely precedes the onset of diabetes, and increases the risk for cardiovascular disease," said Sonia Caprio, a metabolic syndrome expert at Yale University School of Medicine.

"This is a very, very important public health issue. The numbers are telling us these children are at very high risk for serious problems later on, and if we don't change their status, these are going to be people with diabetes in their twenties or thirties and their first heart attack in their forties," Caprio said.

The number of overweight children tripled between 1970 and 2000, reaching 15 percent of those ages 6 to 19. Being overweight increases the risk for a host of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The number of children developing Type 2 or "adult onset" diabetes has already begun to rise.

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Metabolic Syndrome X in Overweight Teenagers
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