What is Metabolic Syndrome?

9 May

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What is Metabolic Syndrome? 

Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  It’s estimated that 25% of Americans have the syndrome.  Its prevalence increases with age. The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute identifies metabolic syndrome as the presence of three or more of these components:

Elevated waist circumference: 

Men — Equal to or greater than 40 inches
Women — Equal to or greater than 35 inches.

Elevated Triglycerides:

Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL

Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:

Men — Less than 40 mg/dL
Women — Less than 50 mg/dL

Elevated blood pressure:

Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg

Elevated fasting glucose:

Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL

Lifestyle changes are the first-line interventions to reduce the metabolic risk factors. These changes include:

• Weight loss to achieve a desirable weight (BMI less than 25)

• Increased physical activity, with a goal of at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity
   activity on most days of the week

• Healthy eating habits that include reduced intake of saturated fat, trans fat and
   cholesterol

Making these changes can delay or derail the development of serious diseases that may result from metabolic syndrome. 

A web search on ‘Metabolic Syndrome’ will give you detailed information on prevention, symptoms and treatment. 

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