With the rising incidence of obesity in the United States, nearly a third of US inhabitants will be at high risk for the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is a combination of obesity, cardiovascular risk factors including elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and diabetes mellitus. This article reviews briefly the features of the metabolic syndrome. Obesity (elevated BMI) and acanthosis nigricans should prompt evaluation for insulin resistance, irrespective of race.
KeywordsCholesterol Obesity Triglyceride
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