Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of metabolic disorders which can increase your chances of developing heart disease, stroke and other conditions that affect the blood vessels .
Metabolic syndrome occurs when someone has three or more of the following:
- Excess fat around the waist
- Low levels of LDL cholesterol
- High triglyceride levels
- High blood sugar levels
- Increased blood pressure
Causes of metabolic syndrome
According to the American Heart Association, around 23 percent of adults are affected by metabolic syndrome. The underlying causes include:
- Physical inactivity
- Old age
- Family history of type 2 diabetes
See also: What Is Diabetes?
Preventing metabolic syndrome
Physical inactivity and excess weight are two of the main underlying causes of metabolic syndrome which is why making simple changes to your lifestyle can help in preventing it or potentially reversing it if you have already been diagnosed .
These lifestyle changes include:
- Losing weight
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Keeping your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels under control
- Stopping smoking
- Cutting down on alcohol intake
Taking control of your cholesterol and blood sugar levels is an important step to take in order to prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome - this can be done with regular visits to your doctors office or from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.
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