You Have Metabolic Syndrome – Say What?

Metabolic Syndrome…does that mean anything to you?  I doubt it.

Here’s the official definition (and a good summary here), but in layman’s terms, it means you’re obese and at risk for many different health conditions.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  (definition and picture from Wikipedia)

I just find this a classic example of us (healthcare people) creating and then using a medical term to describe something that simply obfuscates the problem that someone is overweight.

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