Wednesday 1st December, London - Institute of Child Health
Both obesity and type 2 diabetes have become global epidemics over recent decades bringing, in their wake, a number of metabolic symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Both of these disorders, however, are just the tip of the iceberg, being just two manifestations of the metabolic syndrome (see notes) which has been suggested to affect 25% of the population in countries such as the UK and has severe consequences for both public health and the economy.
As with obesity, tackling the exploding prevalence of the metabolic syndrome will require a huge and integrated societal effort and, if not treated, the metabolic syndrome will remain a ticking health time bomb.
Anne Nugent | alfa
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