2nd Feature

July 2002 Issue

Silent Syndrome Raises The Risk Of Diabetes, Heart Disease, Maybe Cancer

Here’s a pop quiz: What’s it called when your blood sugar is slightly elevated, your HDL’s (high-density lipoproteins, the "good" cholesterol) are kind of low and your blood pressure edges up? Diabetes? Atherosclerosis? Hypertension? None of the above. When these otherwise unremarkable changes occur together, you have what doctors now call "metabolic syndrome" (also "insulin resistance syndrome" or more sinisterly "Syndrome X"). If you’re not familiar with it, chances are you soon will be. A recent national health survey found that

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