Metabolic syndrome is actually made up of many different medical conditions. When a cluster of these conditions is present in the same person, that person is at higher risk for severe health problems. Examples of these health problems include stroke, heart attack, and type II diabetes. This syndrome is very common and on the rise in the United States. Many people are unaware they even have it, making it tricky to diagnose and treat.
What are the Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of high blood pressure, excess body fat, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar, and unusual triglyceride levels. You do not have to have all of these things to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately, with the exception of excess body fat, the other conditions typically do not have noticeable symptoms. If your blood sugar is very high, you may find yourself experiencing some of the symptoms of diabetes, such as blurred vision and increased thirst. Since it is hard to detect the symptoms of this condition, it is important to work closely with your doctor to stay aware of your health.
The Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome
The biggest risk factor with this syndrome is being overweight. Obesity and inactivity are both linked to metabolic syndrome. Carrying your excess weight around your waist seems to be particularly dangerous. Other potential risk factors include:
- Insulin resistance: Some people have a natural resistance to insulin. Unfortunately, this makes them more susceptible to high blood sugar and the potential problems that go along with it.
- Age: The risk increases with age.
- Disease history: Your risk is higher if you have ever had sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Diabetes: Women who had gestational diabetes when pregnant or who have close family members that are diabetic are at greater risk.
- Ethnicity: For some reason, Hispanic women tend to be at the biggest risk of developing this condition. It can happen to both men and women of any ethnicity, however.
How Can You Prevent Metabolic Syndrome
A commitment to a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent this syndrome from impacting you. Be sure to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It is also important to eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you are a smoker, quitting can reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome.
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Do you have more questions about metabolic syndrome and what can be done about it? If so, we warmly invite you to reach out and make an appointment with Radiantly Healthy MD. At our convenient locations in Indialantic, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!