What is Metabolic Syndrome?

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Did you know 1 in 3 people have Metabolic Syndrome?

Heart Disease, Diabetes and other Metabolic Syndrome related diseases kill more people than cancer, accidents and other diseases combined! It is a recognized disease by the American Society of Endocrinology, National Cholesterol Education Program, and World Health Organization, among others. While few truly know what it is, a large number of us already have it or we are heading in that direction. Metabolic Syndrome causes multitudes of lethal problems and while this is all bad news, there is some really good news! It’s avoidable and curable.

Overall, this syndrome is a clustering of at least three of the five following medical conditions:

abdominal (central) obesity
elevated blood pressure
elevated fasting plasma glucose
high serum triglycerides
low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels

If you have Metabolic syndrome, you may be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 34% of the population has this and/or will develop it. Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and prediabetes are closely related to one another and have overlapping aspects.

Lifestyle changes can prevent you from developing this syndrome or even reverse the effects. Diet modification might include actually adding a better choice of good foods as opposed to only restricting certain ones. Of course, exercise is always beneficial but it is extremely important in this case. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol which are some of the main components that contribute.

If you think you are prone to any of the five medical conditions listed above, you should look deeper into a preventative approach as soon as possible. If you already have at least 3 of these conditions, now is the time to start making changes to reverse the detrimental effects of this syndrome.