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Metabolic syndrome X

Metabolic syndrome X Causes

The cause of this metabolic syndrome is unknown as its pathophysiology is very complex and has only been recently studied and elucidated. But most sufferers tend to be older, are likely obese, sedentary, and have a degree of insulin resistance.

Metabolic syndrome X Definition

Metabolic syndrome actually refers to a combination of several medical disorders which heighten the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Affecting a large demographic, its incidence and risk level increases with age with some current studies placing the American prevalence to be up to 25% of the population. Other terms are; metabolic syndrome X, syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome and Reaven's syndrome

Metabolic syndrome X Diagnosis

Diagnosis is usually accomplished by using two major definitions as given by the International Diabetes Federation and the revised National Cholesterol Education Program. Both provide guidelines in diagnosing individuals who may have the disorder.

Metabolic syndrome X Symptoms and Signs

Overt symptoms and clinical features of the disorder are; hyperglycemia for diabetes mellitus type 2 or impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or insulin resistance; High blood pressure; central obesity; decreased HDL or good cholesterol levels and elevated triglycerides. Other associative symptoms that could appear inclue high levels of uric acid, a very fatty liver that could develop into fatty liver disease, iron overload or hemochromatosis and a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans.

Metabolic syndrome X Treatment

The most obvious treatment is changing a patient's lifestyle which could include a diet restriction and increased physical activity. Drug therapy is also important. But generally, each metabolic symptom is treated separately.

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