Those who have drunk too much alcohol in their youth or young adulthood have greater risk of getting metabolic syndrome later in life.
This is the result of an American study among 2800 adults. Of those who drank a lot of alcohol during puberty and started young with drinking, the majority suffered from obesity, cholesterol problems and other symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
Of the group that drank too much alcohol when young, 43% suffered from obesity. About 63% suffered from a lack of the good HDL cholesterol. In the group that had drunk with measure during puberty these problems manifested a lot less.
Metabolic syndrome is the name for a variety of conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and heart problems. The researchers think that the poisoning of the body after excessive drinking makes the body more susceptible to metabolic syndrome.
Young in this research meant before puberty.
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