Monday, September 21, 2009

Health Care Costs Driven Significantly Higher By Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors

“Risk factors for metabolic syndrome, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and elevated blood lipid levels, can increase a person's healthcare costs nearly 1.6-fold, or about $2,000 per year. For each additional risk factor those costs rise an average of 24%, according to an illuminating article in a recent issue of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. A two-year study that compared annual healthcare costs for people with and without diabetes found both higher healthcare utilization a...

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