September 28, 2015 | by City of Hope
Metabolism is the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.
But what causes disorders of the metabolism, including diabetes?
Who is at risk for developing these metabolic disorders?
Why is obesity linked to cancer and how are metabolic diseases responsible?
Here, Sanjay Awasthi, M.D., a professor in the Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research, answers these and other questions about metabolic syndrome and other disorders.
"Metabolic syndrome often transitions into type 2 diabetes," Awasthi said. "The reason why it’s important is it increases your risk of cardiovascular death very significantly and probably also increases your risk for certain kinds of cancers. It often is associated with a variety of other inflammatory disorders like joint inflammation, or tendon or muscle inflammation, and a variety of other inflammatory conditions that either are caused by or a cause of the metabolic syndrome."
But you can lower your risk.
"Eating too much is probably the most important and modifiable variable," Awasthi said. " The second is, of course, exercise."
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