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Metabolic Syndrome – Increased risk for Heart Failure in Middle Age

May 22nd, 2006

Metabolic Syndrome – Increased risk for Heart Failure in Middle Age

Pritikin Diet

Metabolic syndrome is a condition which consists of a group of symptoms.  The symptoms includes abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels along with low HDL (“good”) and high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and diabetes.  Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey said that there are approximately 24 percent of adults in the United States over the age of 20 that have the metabolic syndrome.  Approximately 40 percent of the people over the age of 60 have the metabolic syndrome.  There are about 47 million people in the United States that have metabolic syndrome.

A report in Heart Online First said that people with metabolic syndrome have a significant increased risk for developing heart failure in their middle age years.


Researchers observed 2,300 male participants starting in 1970 when they were age 50 and watched for metabolic syndrome and heart failure until the participants turned 70 years old.

If the participants showed signs of having metabolic syndrome during the beginning of the study they saw a strong association with the development of heart failure in these men.  The men with the metabolic syndrome had twice the risk of developing heart failure when compared to the men that did not have the condition.


The researchers believe that the reason the metabolic syndrome men have more heart failure is due to the increase of fatty deposits that clog the arteries.  Another contribution could be insulin resistance that would allow for higher levels to circulate in the bloodstream.  Insulin could increase and enlarge the heart muscle which is also a potential contributing factor to heart failure.

Another problem with high levels of insulin is that it will stimulate the sympathetic nervous system.  In other research it is believed to be a risk factor in heart failure by causing the muscle cells in the heart to shrivel and to stiffen.


Modifications in diet and exercise have helped change blood lipid levels.  One such diet investigated by researchers in another study, was the Pritikin Diet which included both dietary and exercise changes within a clinic setting.  Even when the person did not lose significant amounts of weight, their blood levels changed considerably.

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