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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome – it’s a term we have been hearing about more and more – but what is it? 

What is metabolic syndrome?
Essentially, metabolic syndrome is a group of five risk factors that can raise your risk of developing serious medical conditions.  The American Heart Association estimates that 20% to 25% of Americans have metabolic syndrome.

 What are the risk factors?
The five risk factors are:

  • Blood pressure greater than 130 over 85
  • Blood glucose (“blood sugar”) greater than 110
  • Triglycerides (form of fat in the blood) greater than 150
  • Waist circumference greater than 35 inches in women and greater than 40 inches in men
  • HDL cholesterol level (“the good cholesterol”) less than 50 in women and less than 40 in men

What are the consequences of metabolic syndrome?
According to the American Heart Association, many of the risk factors for metabolic syndrome have no symptoms.  So someone may have this syndrome for many years and not know it.  Metabolic syndrome can lead to the development of diabetes, heart disease, blood vessel disease, and stroke.

 How will I know if I have metabolic syndrome?
Doctors can test for the risk factors of metabolic syndrome by drawing blood, measuring your waist circumference, and checking your blood pressure.

 Can this syndrome be treated?
Absolutely!  Working with your doctor to understand your risk factors and how to reduce them is the first step.  Exercise, proper nutrition, weight loss, and, if needed, medication can help improve health and reduce the risks of future serious illness.

 

References:
American Heart Association:
1) http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_300322.pdf
2) http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MetabolicSyndrome/Metabolic-Syndrome_UCM_002080_SubHomePage.jsp

Metabolic Syndrome – it’s a term we have been hearing about more and more – but what is it? 

What is metabolic syndrome?
Essentially, metabolic syndrome is a group of five risk factors that can raise your risk of developing serious medical conditions.  The American Heart Association estimates that 20% to 25% of Americans have metabolic syndrome.

 What are the risk factors?
The five risk factors are:

  • Blood pressure greater than 130 over 85
  • Blood glucose (“blood sugar”) greater than 110
  • Triglycerides (form of fat in the blood) greater than 150
  • Waist circumference greater than 35 inches in women and greater than 40 inches in men
  • HDL cholesterol level (“the good cholesterol”) less than 50 in women and less than 40 in men

What are the consequences of metabolic syndrome?
According to the American Heart Association, many of the risk factors for metabolic syndrome have no symptoms.  So someone may have this syndrome for many years and not know it.  Metabolic syndrome can lead to the development of diabetes, heart disease, blood vessel disease, and stroke.

 How will I know if I have metabolic syndrome?
Doctors can test for the risk factors of metabolic syndrome by drawing blood, measuring your waist circumference, and checking your blood pressure.

 Can this syndrome be treated?
Absolutely!  Working with your doctor to understand your risk factors and how to reduce them is the first step.  Exercise, proper nutrition, weight loss, and, if needed, medication can help improve health and reduce the risks of future serious illness.

 

References:
American Heart Association:
1) http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_300322.pdf
2) http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MetabolicSyndrome/Metabolic-Syndrome_UCM_002080_SubHomePage.jsp

Brian Schroeder
Brian Schroeder
Brian J Schroeder – Independent Broker - (925) 513-7778