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Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that occur together, raising a person’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you have any three of the following five conditions, you’ll be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- High triglycerides
- Low HDL (good cholesterol) levels
- A large waist circumference, or “apple-shaped” body
If you have just one of these conditions, that doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome, but it’s a wake-up call that you need to take control of your health. That’s where the team at 360 Medical Weight Specialists can help. They can guide you in lifestyle modifications to prevent the development of serious health problems associated with metabolic syndrome.
What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
Most of the conditions that comprise metabolic syndrome don’t have symptoms. For instance, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, and low HDL levels don’t have telltale signs to alert you that there’s a problem.
If your blood sugar hasn’t been checked in a while, it could be high without you knowing it. When chronic high blood sugar goes unnoticed, it results in diabetes, which may show up as increased thirst and urination, fatigue, and blurred vision.
The one obvious exception is excess fat around the waist, which is an easy-to-see symptom. If you’re a man with a waist larger than 40 inches, or a woman with a waist size of 35 inches or more, you already have one risk factor for metabolic syndrome.
With weight loss, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, patients can lower their A1C levels, decrease their doses of oral medications or insulin, and possibly even discontinue one or more of their medications. Our practitioners are dedicated to partnering with you to manage your diabetes and lead a healthy lifestyle.
How can 360 Medical Weight Specialists help?
With the help of 360 Medical Weight Specialists’ team of weight loss practitioners, you can prevent serious health risks posed by the advance of metabolic syndrome. During weekly visits to the clinic, we provide support and guidance, and develop an individualized plan to help you improve your diet, get active, and lose weight.
If lifestyle changes alone don’t improve the conditions associated with metabolic syndrome, 360 Medical Weight Specialists can discuss with your primary care physician whether starting medications to deal with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other symptoms is appropriate.
Who is at risk?
It’s estimated that one in three American adults has metabolic syndrome. Being overweight or obese, especially when you carry weight around your middle, is one risk factor for developing metabolic syndrome. Your risk also increases with age and if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
Your risk of developing metabolic syndrome is higher if you’ve ever been diagnosed with:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Gestational diabetes
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