syndrome affects about 9% of teens in the United States and 12%-44% of
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
‘Metabolic syndrome in United States adolescents has been linked to impairments in reading, attention, and working memory. Treatment can control and perhaps even reverse the condition.’
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.
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.