September 18, 2009
Metabolic syndrome increases health costs
Metabolic syndrome can increase an individual's healthcare costs by about $2,000 a year, U.S. researchers estimate.
Study leader D.M. Boudreau of United BioSource in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues said metabolic syndrome -- including obesity, high blood pressure and elevated fats in the blood -- can place a person at high risk for heart disease.
The two-year study involved 170,000 men and women -- of whom 58 percent had risk factors for metabolic syndrome, Boudreau said.
The researchers' findings are published in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.