It is extremely common for men and women to develop a lot of fat around their stomach as they get older. This may not seem like a huge issue, but it can actually be critical. An excessive amount of fat around the waist puts you at a much higher risk of developing other problematic health conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. If you are currently dealing with a series of troubling health issues and have an excessive large waist, then you may have a condition called metabolic syndrome.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a medical condition that occurs when you are suffering from a series of health problems at the same time. All of these health issues drastically increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Other than the large waist, there are often no other obvious symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome. This lack of symptoms can make it very hard to know you have metabolic syndrome without getting physicals exams on a regular basis.
Do You Have It?
The only way to truly know if you have this syndrome is by getting diagnosed by a doctor. They will perform a series of tests to check your triglyceride levels, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels. If at least two of these tests reveal abnormally poor results and you have a waist larger than 40 inches if you are a man – 35 if you are a woman – then you may be officially diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
Your Treatment Options
The first step in the treatment process will be to make several changes to start leading a healthier life. You may need to perform a fixed interval of moderate exercise every day and eat a healthy diet that limits your fat intake. Our medical professionals will help you develop a exercise and diet plan to get you on the right track. These changes will help you lose some weight, which can potentially get your blood sugar and blood pressure levels back to normal. If the lifestyle changes are unable to reverse your metabolic syndrome, then you will be forced to go on medication. The combination of the pills and lifestyle changes should be enough to get your health back in order.
Get In Touch with Us to Find Out More
Metabolic syndrome can do serious damage to your health for years without you ever knowing. If you think you may have this dangerous condition, we urge you to reach out and make an appointment with Radiantly Healthy MD. At our convenient locations in Indialantic, FL, our caring and devoted professionals will be pleased to explain this condition in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation!