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Metabolic Syndrome X

Many people with diabetes have what's often called Metabolic Syndrome, a "cluster" of other health problems in addition to diabetes. These other problems include high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and obesity. Many researchers believe that the Metabolic Syndrome may be associated with insulin resistance, a condition in which your body does not use insulin well and is common with type 2 diabetes.

metabolic syndrome x Because each of the problems associated with the Metabolic Syndrome increases one's chances of having a heart attack or stroke, together they can add up to big trouble.

High levels of blood sugar can damage small blood vessels throughout the body, such as in the eyes, the kidneys and in nerves in your feet. High blood sugar can also harm large blood vessels, including those in your heart.

While all diabetes problems are serious, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of early death among people with diabetes. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Fortunately, you can delay and/or prevent complications by learning about the ABCs of diabetes.