Although it's only been recognized since 1988, this looming threat to America's health has already been known by several names — Syndrome X, the Insulin Resistance Syndrome, and the Deadly Quartet. Each name has some merit; the disorder has several components, is deadly, may depend largely on insulin, and is still somewhat mysterious. But as researchers have learned more, they've settled on a name that's less punchy but more accurate.
What is the metabolic syndrome, and what does it mean for your health?
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