E. Carey Waters, MD,
What is it?
Should I care?
- This syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase your risk of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
- A large waistline
- High Triglycerides (fat in the blood)
- Low HDL Cholesterol ( the “good cholesterol” that helps reduce build-up in the blood vessels)
- High Blood Pressure
- Elevated fasting blood sugar (this doesn’t have to be high enough to be considered diabetes)
What causes it?
- The more of these risk factors your have the higher your risk of significant health issues (diabetes, heart disease, stroke, etc.)
- With all of the risk factors (full Metabolic Syndrome) you are twice as likely to develop Heart Disease and FIVE times as likely to develop Diabetes
- Even one risk factor does increase your risk of having health issues down the road
What can I do?
- There are several things that contribute to these risks
- Lack of physical activity/Obesity
- Insulin Resistance (your body doesn’t use insulin correctly)
- Genetic Factors (you are more likely to have it if others in your family do)
- Older age
- It is becoming more common
- Lifestyles changes are the most important thing you can do to help prevent/delay Metabolic Syndrome
- Increase Exercise
- Decrease Calories (especially from carbohydrates – sugars and starches)
- Long-term commitment that must be maintained