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Metabolic syndrome is on the rise: What it is and why it matters

October 2, 2020


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Raju Rana
July 20, 2020

Does metabolic syndrome increase chances of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke only or more other diseases also.

Robert H. Shmerling, MD
July 23, 2020

Thanks for your interest in this post! As mentioned, metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (including heart attacks and stroke), diabetes, liver and kidney disease and sleep apnea. But, this only a partial list & it’s likely we’ll learn about other health risks associated with metabolic syndrome in the future.

Brendan Rob
July 20, 2020

People on a whole foods plant derived diet virtually never seem to get Metabolic syndrome. However once adding refined foods and or animal products a sudden jump in cases occurs.

July 24, 2020

In my anecdotal observations at least, this seems true. I know several “whole foods” vegans, as well as people who eat very minimal animal products or processed foods, and they tend to be the ONLY slim person in their family (who eat the standard American diet and complain that they are obese due to “bad genes”). Some of my skinny vegan friends live fairly sedentary lives, though, and might be “skinny fat.” We should not discount regular exercise as critical to good health along with a whole foods diet.

Fwiw, I myself am a “junk food vegetarian” who eats lots of vegan delights like Oreos, Beyond beef burgers, french fries, etc. I’m in good shape, but likely it’s because I exercise a lot to make up for my sketchy diet.

Dr Pax Annang
July 20, 2020

The role of physical EXERCISE as a a potent tool in tackling ALL the components of Metabolic Syndrome must be emphasised at the least opportunity. 30minutes,moderate intensity exercise, 5 times a week is almost the panacea.

Jim McRae
July 20, 2020

Valuable information on the metabolic syndrome and the risks to overall health and likelihood of more severe Covid infections. Largely it is an aspect of the obesity epidemic and to date we have been unsuccessful in checking let alone decreasing the numbers of people who are over weight. There are significant racial and regional differences involved.
Socioeconomic factors may be key.Food has been made convenient and cheap. Society has become accustomed to large serving sizes and more calories per dollar. Every effort should be made to prevent weight gain and its consequences as treatment is minimally effective.

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