Metabolic SyndromePosted: Jun 24 in Health And Wellness by Staff
It’s estimated that as many as 47 million Americans suffer from a health disorder that can double their risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, and yet many sufferers may not even be aware they have it. Find out more about metabolic syndrome and if you may be at risk.
What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is characterized as a group of medical disorders, including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, and low HDL (or good) cholesterol. People who have three or more of these disorders have a much higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and strokes.
What Are the Risk Factors for Metabolic Syndrome?
You’re more likely to have metabolic syndrome if you:
- suffer from insulin resistance.
- are obese, especially if you have an excess of belly fat.
- don’t exercise.
- suffer from a hormonal imbalance, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
- have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
- suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
- are African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian American.
How Is Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosed?
A doctor can determine if you’re suffering from the medical disorders associated with metabolic syndrome by taking a complete medical history, performing a physical exam, and doing a few simple blood tests.
If your doctor determines that you have metabolic syndrome, you may be advised to change your diet and exercise lifestyle in order to help you lose weight and minimize your risk for heart disease.