Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. Your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke increases with the number of metabolic risk factors you have. In general, a person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn’t have metabolic syndrome.
- Abdominal obesity with an enlarged waist line or an ‘apple body shape’.
- Elevated LDL and triglyceride levels and a low HDL level. Understand how to raise your HDL and lower your LDL.
- High blood pressure.
- High fasting blood sugar: pre-diabetes or diabetes.
It is possible to prevent or delay metabolic syndrome, mainly with lifestyle changes. A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment. Successfully controlling metabolic syndrome requires long-term effort and teamwork with your health care providers.