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Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome – A National Epidemic

Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that represents multiple conditions such as:  elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all occurring together. Metabolic Syndrome can put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and obesity.


According to the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA):

  • 33% of the people in the US have metabolic Syndrome
  • Metabolic Syndrome is slightly more common in women than men
  • Over 49% of those over age 60 have metabolic syndrome​​​

 

Causes and Symptoms:

Although a specific underlying cause has not yet been determined, experts agree that insulin resistance and obesity play a significant role in the disorder. In addition, genetics, physical inactivity, aging, inflammation and even hormone changes may also contribute to the condition.

Generally people who have this condition consider themselves healthy because there may not be any obvious symptoms, unless, of course you are overweight. Because of the lack of symptoms, they are putting themselves at risk for more serious –even preventable medical conditions over time.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Metabolic Syndrome can be diagnosed by looking at:

If three or more levels are out of range, Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed, and then you can make any necessary lifestyle changes and begin treatment that can help you avoid further complications. Lifestyle changes included obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight, choosing a healthy diet, exercising regularly and managing stress.  Depending on your blood level results, treatment may also include medications or nutraceuticals such as fish oils, CoQ10, B-Vitamins and others that can help combat this condition. 

References:

 

National Institute of Health

ScienceDaily

Journal of America Medical Association