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Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the U.S. has stabilized. Can it last?
Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in the U.S. has stabilized. Can it last?

As U.S. obesity rates have leveled off in recent years, one side benefit appears to be that the prevalence of metabolic syndrome has stabilized as well. About 35% of American adults had metabolic syndrome in 2011-12, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. That was essentially the same as the 36% prevalence in 2007-08, though still higher than the 33% rate seen in 2003-04, according to a report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. -------------- FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this story said HDL was the "bad" kind of cholesterol. -------------- Metabolic syndrome is a condition that increases...

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