A cluster of conditions called metabolic syndrome increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Hypertension, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels are examples of these conditions.
Metabolic syndrome is becoming more common in the United States. About a third of adults have it. You can delay or even prevent serious health problems by making aggressive lifestyle changes if you have metabolic syndrome or any of its components.
A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome comes after the identification of at least three of the following five key risk factors:
1. High blood pressure
This is defined as a reading of 130/85 mm/Hg or higher, or being on medication to treat high blood pressure. Even if only one of the two blood pressure numbers is too high, it’s considered a risk factor.
2. High fasting glucose
This means a fasting reading of 100 mg/dL or higher, or being on medication to treat high blood sugar. A fasting blood sugar count of 100 to 125 mg/DL indicates prediabetic, and above 126 mg/dL indicates diabetes.
3. High triglyceride levels
This means a reading of 150 mg/dL or greater, or being on medication to treat high triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.
4. Low HDL cholesterol
This is defined as a reading of less than 40 mg/dL for men, or less than 50 mg/dL for women. HDL cholesterol helps clear damaging cholesterol from your arteries.
5. Too much fat at the waist
Even though obesity, in general, raises your risk of metabolic syndrome, excess belly fat is the riskiest kind of fat.
If you are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, consider that it is a wake-up call that your heart health is in serious decline. This is a motivation for making the needed changes.
There are no quick fixes for metabolic syndrome. It is a complex condition and you need to change the way you approach eating, exercise, and your overall well-being for the rest of your life.
The result of a better diet and more exercise. Avoid crash diets, liquid diets, and fasts.
In addition to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke you may also be monitored and treated for conditions that are known to accompany the metabolic syndrome. These can include polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, gallstones, sleep disturbances, and fatty liver disease.
This treatment also stimulates your metabolism to burn fat. The result is a muscle-toned body. Our specialists will also create a diet plan that suits your needs during treatment.
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