Fact: Metabolic syndrome may occur in as many as 50 million Americans.
The combination of high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood sugar is very hard on the human brain. This combination can produce the metabolic syndrome.
The metabolic syndrome increases the chances of stroke, heart attack and Type 2 diabetes—all considered risk factors for dementia. In addition, studies suggest that the metabolic syndrome increases the risk of cognitive impairment.