Metabolic Syndrome Symptoms

Metabolic syndrome symptoms are best understood by answering the question...

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

This condition is the combination of several factors which when occurring together can put you at a high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including a heart attack and stroke as well as type 2 diabetes. It is not a newly discovered condition. It was first defined in the 1920's by E. Studien Kylin, a Swedish physician as "Syndrome X". However, it has received increased attention in the past few years.

What are the conditions? The group of conditions that trigger this include having abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar levels, low HDL level (that's good cholesterol) and high triglycerides level (that's bad cholesterol).

Metabolic syndrome symptoms are NOT a disease...but rather, they are an important assessment of a Baby Boomers' risk for developing serious cardiovascular diseases and/or type 2 diabetes.

Metabolic syndrome symptoms are often classified as having 3 of these 5 abnormalities:

  • High abdominal fat as determined by waist measurements in inches - over 40 for men and over 35 for women
  • High blood pressure with either the systolic over 129 or diastolic over 84
  • Fasting blood sugar greater than 100
  • HDL cholesterol number below 40 for men and 50 for women
  • Triglyceride cholesterol number above 150

How do you know if you have metabolic syndrome symptoms?
To determine if you have this condition you need to have a full medical evaluation which will include the drawing of blood to determine your cholesterol and sugar levels; measuring your height and weight; taking your blood pressure as well as checking your personal and family medical histories.

Baby Boomers lifestyle factors for the development of metabolic syndrome include

  • Being overweight or obese
    (Find out your weight status here).
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • And eating a diet that is high in fats and processed carbohydrates.

Reducing the threat of metabolic syndrome symptoms for we Baby Boomers is possible by adjusting your lifestyle; for example eating less and smarter, losing fat (particularly belly fat), regularly exercising, reducing stress and having regular medical monitoring.

This quote from the American Heart Association probably sums it up best:

"People who have the metabolic syndrome can reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by controlling risk factors. The best way is for them to lose weight and increase their physical activity. Here are some important steps for patients and their doctors in managing the metabolic syndrome:

  • Routinely monitor body weight (especially the index for central obesity). Also monitor blood glucose, lipoproteins and blood pressure.
  • Treat individual risk factors (hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure and high blood glucose) according to established guidelines.
  • Carefully choose anti-hypertensive drugs because different drugs have different effects on insulin sensitivity.

We need more research to understand how drug therapy might help people with the metabolic syndrome. It’s important to focus on the five components of this syndrome to properly manage it."

For further information

Download this free PDF from the American Heart Association.

Where to go now?

To see how your weight may be affecting your health
Go to Body Mass Index

Return to Health Issues.

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