Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. If you have diabetes, then you have Metabolic Syndrome. It would pay you to get familiar with the term and its risk factors.
If you are Pre-diabetic, you will need to work yourself out of the risk factors. If you are neither diabetic nor pre-diabetic, then pay close attention to these factors so you might prevent diabetes in the first place.
There are five conditions that are metabolic risk factors. Although you can have only one of these risk factors, they usually are found together. If you have three or more of these factors, then you will be considered to have Metabolic Syndrome to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
- A large waistline or having an apple shape. Being fat in the stomach is a greater risk factor for heart disease than being fat in the rest of the body, such as on the hips.
- A high triglyceride level or taking meds to treat high triglycerides. Triglycerides are fat found in the blood.
- Low HDL cholesterol or you take cholesterol meds to treat cholesterol. HDL is referred as good cholesterol. This is because it helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease.
- High blood pressure or you are taking meds to treat high blood pressure. If this pressure stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to heart attacks and stroke.
- High fasting blood sugar or you are taking meds to treat high blood sugar. Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.