Important Message from The Joint Chiropractic regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Read More

Understanding the Risks of Metabolic Syndrome

By Lana Bandoim

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It is a combination of different medical problems that affects adults. Consider the following information about metabolic syndrome and talk to your healthcare provider about reducing the risk of developing it.

What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a group of medical conditions that increase the risk of health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Five conditions are measured, and you need to have at least three of them to have metabolic syndrome.

The five conditions include having a large waistline, high triglyceride level, low HDL cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and high fasting blood sugar. If you have three or more of these conditions, then the risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease is high.

Risk Factors

People who are overweight and sedentary are more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance is also a common problem. Your body type is another factor to consider. People who have pear-shaped bodies and have heavier hips are less likely to have metabolic syndrome. On the other hand, people who have apple-shaped bodies are more likely to have it.

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of several health problems. You may develop blood clots that can lead to heart attacks or strokes. Insulin production in the body can be affected, so diabetes becomes a problem. The kidneys may have difficulty removing salt from the body.   

Treatment Options and Lifestyle Changes

The most common treatment option is lifestyle changes. Diet and exercise tend to be the first recommendations. However, medications may be necessary to lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels. Losing weight, staying active and quitting smoking can help. An active and healthy lifestyle is an essential part of fighting metabolic syndrome.

Managing your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, weight and other health factors is important. In addition, reducing stress can improve the health. Talk to a doctor about these lifestyle changes and get help.

Unfortunately, metabolic syndrome does not have visible warning symptoms, so problems develop over time. You may have a large waistline or high triglyceride level without experiencing other issues initially.

If you are concerned about metabolic syndrome or other medical problems, then talk to a doctor. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of developing this condition. Do not wait for the problems to get worse before seeking help. Focus on a healthy lifestyle now.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Indianapolis, Ind.

Story Link

Download your offer today and save!

$29 New Patient Special, Consultation | Exam | Adjustment

Offer valued at $45. Valid for new patients only. See clinic for chiropractor(s)' name and license info. Clinics managed and/or owned by franchisee or Prof. Corps. Restrictions may apply to Medicare eligible patients. Individual results may vary.