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Metabolic Problems Riskier than Weight for Some

In Mexican-Americans, problems with cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are better predictors of artery disease than excess weight, a new study finds. Researchers measured all of these factors, and others, among 503 Mexican-American adults. Their average age was about 50. They also gave everyone carotid ultrasound tests. This test can detect atherosclerosis (plaque) in the arteries of the neck. Usually that means someone has plaque inside other arteries as well. This can lead to heart attack and stroke. About 78% of those in the study were found to be metabolically unhealthy. This means they had at least 2 of the following problems: insulin resistance (which can lead to high blood sugar) or already high levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides or C-reactive protein. About half of those in the study were obese.

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