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Metabolic Syndrome Affects Cognitive Abilities Among United States Adolescents

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 2, 2016 at 11:35 PM
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 Metabolic Syndrome Affects Cognitive Abilities Among United States Adolescents

Metabolic syndrome affects about 9% of teens in the United States and 12%-44% of obese adolescents.

A new study of U.S. adolescents shows an association between metabolic syndrome and impairments in reading, attention, and working memory. Treatment can control and perhaps even reverse metabolic syndrome and may help reduce the cognitive effects described in the study published in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.

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In the article "Relationship Between Metabolic Syndrome and Cognitive Abilities in U.S. Adolescents," Muni Rubens and coauthors from Florida International University, Miami, and Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, evaluated the results of an array of tests to assess mathematics and reading ability, spatial visualization and motor skills, and working memory and attention.

The researchers found impaired capabilities in specific areas associated with components of metabolic syndrome such as elevated systolic blood pressure, increased waist circumference, and higher fasting glucose.

Source: Eurekalert
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