You may not have heard of Metabolic Syndrome; however, you probably have heard of the conditions that, when combined, create it.
The group of conditions that contribute to Metabolic Syndrome are:
- Increased blood pressure
- Elevated glucose levels (high blood sugar)
- Extra fat around the waist
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels (High LDL/Low HDL)
Each of these conditions, on their own increases your risk of serious diseases! However, combined, they drastically increase your risk of diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
In fact, according to WebMD, the combination of these conditions can “double your risk of heart and blood vessel disease… and increase your risk of diabetes by five times.” And that’s not even taking into account the other risk factors that each individual condition creates all on its own!
There are multiple risk factors associated with Metabolic Syndrome! Risks increase with age. For example, approximately less than 10 percent of people in their 20s have Metabolic Syndrome; while around 40 percent of the population in their 60s have Metabolic Syndrome!
A family history of type 2 diabetes or a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease or any one of the conditions associated with Metabolic Syndrome could increase your risk of the others.
A waist circumference of 40 inches or larger for men, and 35 inches or larger for women, could also increase your risk of Metabolic Syndrome.
Some of the best ways to improve your health and these conditions are steps you can start taking right away, including losing weight and eating healthy. If you have any or all of these conditions, please call us today on (903) 306-2215. We’ll create a customized program to help you lose weight, feel better, look younger and get the most out of life!