The group of risk factors known as known as metabolic syndrome (MetS) has long been acknowledged as a contributor to hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke and heart disease. More recently, MetS has also been linked to other issues. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) used the term "significant" to characterize the relationship between metabolic syndrome and depression. In addition to that correlation, a study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) revealed that reported cases of dementia increased over a 10-year period among patients with worsened MetS. The addition of depression and dementia to the results caused by metabolic syndrome add two more reasons for monitoring, management and prevention.
What is metabolic syndrome?