Metabolic syndrome afflicts half of American elders: Study
Washington: Metabolic syndrome is increasingly becoming common. An overwhelming number of Americans are suffering from it. A recent study claims that as many as 35 percent American men suffer from it. The number among seniors is much higher and more than half American elders suffer from it.
When three worse diseases afflict you all in one go, it means you are suffering from metabolic syndrome. According to experts metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It puts you at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels. On their own, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity can potentially damage your blood vessels, but having all three together is particularly dangerous. They are very common conditions that are all linked, which explains why metabolic syndrome affects an estimated one in four adults in the UK.
There is no denying the fact that metabolic syndrome seems to be becoming very common and this is what has taken the experts by surprise. According to researchers, between 2003 and 2012, the rate of metabolic syndrome in adults in the United States increased from 32.9 percent to 34.7 percent. A report goes on to add that in the course of this period more women were affected by metabolic syndrome than men and this disorder was more common in Hispanic populations than in other demographics.
A latest study suggests that when it comes to metabolic syndrome, age was an important factor for developing the syndrome. In younger age group it is not that common, but as men and women age, it starts gaining momentum. In the group aged 20 to 39, only 18.3 percent of Americans suffered from the syndrome. In the group aged sixty and over, however, 46.7 percent of Americans suffered from a combination of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. The researchers expressed concern over the fact that a large number of senior citizens are reaching this age group. The aging population could impose serious costs on the health care system of the US. It is notable that treatment for these conditions is time consuming and costly. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.