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The dysmetabolic syndrome is among the fastest growing disease entities in the world today. In the United States, e.g. almost 25% of adults 20 years and older have the syndrome [1]. Its prevalence increases with age, with it affecting almost 50% of US adults 60 years and older. Although the syndrome has many names, including 'Reaven's syndrome', 'syndrome X', the 'insulin resistance syndrome', and the 'metabolic syndrome', its diagnosis centers around a constellation of metabolic derangements including central obesity, dyslipidemias (i.e. high plasma levels of triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol), hypertension, insulin resistance, and glucose intolerance, along with increased prothrombotic and inflammatory markers [2]. The National Cholesterol Education Program, the World Health Organization, and other national and international organizations have delineated differing but related criteria for its diagnosis [2].

This constellation of metabolic abnormalities greatly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease [3-6]. It appears that in a few years the dysmetabolic syndrome will overtake cigarette smoking as the strongest risk factor for the development of heart disease in the US. Sadly, the syndrome also is afflicting a growing number of children and adolescents. The prevalence of the syndrome in US children aged 12-19 years is about 1 in 10 [7]. In overweight/obese children, 1 in 3 have the syndrome. Among severely obese children, the prevalence reaches 50%. Two thirds of all adolescents have at least 1 metabolic abnormality [8, 9]. Given the rising prevalence in obesity among children and adolescents, these data are not surprising.

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How To Lose Your Belly Fat

Losing All that Excess Belly Fat and Getting a Well Toned Flat Stomach. Trimming down and toning up your entire body, from head to toe, is definitely something that many people want to do. But chances are, theres one place in particular where all that excess fat just doesnt want to seem to go away, no matter how hard you try.

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