May 8, 2005
On Metabolic Syndrome and it's causesTopics: Health Issues
The underlying causes for metabolic syndrome include unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and genetic factors, which significantly increase the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes. Metabolic Syndrome is closely associated with a generalized metabolic disorder called insulin resistance, in which the body cannot use insulin efficiently resulting in unhealthy insulin levels and illness. As you might expect, a result of such factors being a descriptive of one's lifestyle is a health condition characterized by obesity, high cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure and pre-diabetes, presently affects nearly 47 million Americans. That condition is called metabolic syndrome, sometimes refered to as Metabolic Syndrome X.
SURGING SYNDROME: New figures show that $4 of every $10 spent on prescriptions for American adults is going toward treating metabolic syndrome. Medical groups are pushing for family doctors to be more aggressive in testing patients for metabolic syndrome and starting treatment early.
A report by Medco Health Solutions, a huge prescription benefit manager, shows that adult use of medication for the syndrome jumped 36 percent between 2002 and 2004.
Annual prescription costs for people 20 and older with metabolic syndrome averaged $4,116 last year, 4.2 times the average amount spent on drugs for that age group, according to New Jersey-based Medco, which released the data exclusively to The Associated Press. [more here]
Related reading - New Definition of the Metabolic Syndrome.
Hat tip - Diabetologica
Posted by Hyscience at May 8, 2005 11:58 AM
One can be obese, have a possible metabolic disorder and not have high blood pressure. The image is not 100 per cent accurate.
Posted by: Maggie4life at May 9, 2005 2:09 PM
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