What’s the big deal about metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels – that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Having one component of metabolic syndrome means you’re more likely to have others. The more components you have, the greater the risks are to your health.
People with metabolic syndrome have
- two times the risk of both cardiovascular disease and stroke*
- five times the risk of developing diabetes*
In the future, metabolic syndrome may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease.
If you know you have at least one component of metabolic syndrome — such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or an apple-shaped body — you may have the others and not know it.
Metabolic syndrome can be treated and you can reduce your risks for these cardiovascular events by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a heart-healthy diet, getting adequate physical activity, and following your healthcare providers’ instructions.
*American Heart Association (http://www.americanheart.org)
Metabolic Syndrome Checklist
If you have 3 or more of these risk factors, then you fit the criteria for metabolic syndrome:
- Abdominal obesity defined by waist circumference: men >40 in; women >35 in
- Triglycerides > 150 mg/dL
- High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL Chol.): men <40 mg/dL; women <50 mg/dL
- Blood pressure >130 mmHg systolic (top)/ > 85 mmHg diastolic (bottom)
- Fasting blood glucose > 100 mg/dL
The Good News
There are steps you can take to improve your health and decrease your risk for illness and chronic disease!
If we as a nation focused on just 3 health behaviors, we could prevent and treat over 50% of the top 10 causes of death and disability in this country:
- Eat better
- Move more
- Stress less
Contact us if you’d like to learn more.