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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Metabolic Syndrome Markers. Are You at Risk?

Metabolic syndrome could be described as a group of  factors that could increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes,
The name for these risk factors is termed: metabolic syndrome
The first risk factor is a large waistline, or excess fat in the belly area, medically know as checking your ' >9.0 waist-hip ratio' according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 
This is the only visible sign.
The second risk factor is high triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood. The third is a low level of HDL known as high-density lipoprotein -- cholesterol, the so-called good cholesterol.
The fourth risk factor is high blood pressure, and the fifth is a high level of sugar in your blood (diabetes)


The best way to prevent metabolic syndrome is to get to and maintain a healthy weight, improve your diet, and stay physically active. Goals for both preventing and treating metabolic syndrome are a BMI -- or body mass index -- of less than 25 and a waist measurement below 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men.
It only takes three of these risk factors for you to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. And once you have metabolic syndrome, you're twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times more likely to get type 2 diabetes, which is why it's often thought of as pre-diabetes.
Keeping regular  visits to your physician  will help you keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels which are important indicators of improving your health. 
With time, if these predisposing risk factors are not well in check, a need for medication might arise.

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