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Does metabolic syndrome have anything to do with my weight?

Metabolic syndrome is becoming more and more common in the United States and researchers are trying to discover whether the syndrome is due to one single cause, however all of the syndrome’s risk factors are related to obesity. The two primary risk factors are: Extra weight around the middle of the body (central obesity or adiposity). This is described as an “apple shaped” body (instead of a pear); Insulin resistance, in which the body cannot use insulin effectively. Insulin is needed to help your body metabolize carbohydrates. Weight loss of 5-7% is the first recommendation for people with metabolic syndrome to reduce their health risk.

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What causes metabolic syndrome X?
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Metabolic syndrome X is caused by several factors that are present at the same time. One is your bod...
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Is the risk for metabolic syndrome X greater for men?
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What increases my risk for metabolic syndrome?
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What does it mean to be apple shaped in relation to metabolic syndrome X?
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