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What does it mean to be apple shaped in relation to metabolic syndrome X?

In relation to metabolic syndrome X, the term "apple shaped" refers to carrying your weight around the middle of your body. Storing your fat around the midsection puts you at greater risk for metabolic syndrome X. Excess fat in the abdominal area has been linked to coronary artery disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure,  type 2 diabetes, and other dangerous conditions. When treating metabolic syndrome X, your doctor will focus on reducing the excess weight around your middle to decrease your risk of complications.

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What increases my risk for metabolic syndrome?
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Is the risk for metabolic syndrome X greater for men?
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Does metabolic syndrome X run in families?
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The components that make up metabolic syndrome X can run in families. If you have a family history o...
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What are risk factors for metabolic syndrome?
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