Sufferers of metabolic syndrome are undoubtedly at a greater risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and stroke. A new study reveals that there may be more than physical health problems associated with the common condition though.
An extensive study conducted in France and published in a recent issue of Neurology reveals that people who suffer from metabolic syndrome may be at a greater risk of age related memory loss. Metabolic syndrome is comprised of a number of different health risks including high triglycerides, excess belly fat, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
The study tested more than 7000 adults over the age of 65 for the presence of metabolic syndrome risk factors. Researchers then administered memory and cognitive brain function tests to all 7000+ study participants after two years and again after four years. Based on the results, researchers were able to conclude that people suffering from metabolic syndrome were as much as 20% more likely to display cognitive decline on memory tests than those who didn’t.
Health care providers often keep a watchful eye for the presence of symptoms of metabolic syndrome and try to make adjustments to patient diets, medications and activity levels in order to prevent it. Now that there is an indication of additional health problems associated with the condition, health care providers will likely be even more diligent in identifying and fighting metabolic syndrome.