One-Third Of Adults At Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

A new study, which is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that one-third of adults are at risk for developing metabolic syndrome. The study showed though that the number of people who have metabolic syndrome has actually stabilized in the last few years, and this is due to more awareness of diseases that can make up metabolic syndrome.


When you have three or more risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, then you have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome can lead to cardiovascular disease or illness, and that could be life-threatening and lead to death. Researchers began reviewing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was collected between 2003 and 2012. The researchers found that the prevalence of metabolic syndrome increased during that time span from 32.9 percent to 34.7 percent. That means that one-third of adults have metabolic syndrome, which is fairly scary when you think about how many life-threatening diseases come with the syndrome.. Having metabolic syndrome can end up leading to associated diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and heart disease.

Although the prevalence between 2003 and 2008 is over one-third of the adult population, the researchers found out that from 2008 to 2012 the prevalence actually went down a little. Some of the demographics actually saw fairly good decreases in the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, especially women. Women ended up going from 39.4 percent to 36.6 percent in the 2008 to 2012 survey, and that is actually a really good drop in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome.

Researchers said that the education and awareness of metabolic syndrome, as well as awareness and education of the risk factors of the syndrome have helped stabilize the prevalence. Researchers noted that the biggest part to the reduction is lifestyle changes that people are now doing in order to decrease their risk of developing metabolic syndrome. There are a lot of lifestyle changes that you can do, mostly for free, that can help reduce the risk of potential health complications relating to metabolic syndrome, and this could also be why obesity rates have stabilized as well.

Study author Dr. Robert J. Wong said that while you should be concerned with the results of the study, it does not mean that you cannot change your status in terms of metabolic syndrome. While it might take a long time, you can reverse metabolic syndrome just by taking on a healthier lifestyle, and reducing your risk of other diseases by exercising more often. The researchers wanted to get the point across that even if you have metabolic syndrome, you should not give up in terms of trying to make the right choices in your life. A lot of people who are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome believe that they will die early due to cardiovascular disease or another life-threatening illness, but this is not true at all. If you simply choose to take on a healthier lifestyle, exercise more, and try to keep your portions under control, you will be able to lose weight and end up having less health complications later in life.

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Jeanne Rose lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a freelance writer since 2010. She took Allied Health in vocational school where she earned her CNA/PCA, and worked in a hospital for 3 years. Jeanne enjoys writing about science, health, politics, business, and other topics as well.