The Mayo Clinic defines metabolic syndrome as a cluster of conditions such as excess weight around the waist, abnormal cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar levels.
According to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Health, the two most important risk factor s for metabolic syndrome are an apple-shaped body, as opposed to a pear-shaped body. Extra abdominal fat is a contributing factor. The second factor is Insulin Resistance. This is when cells do not respond correctly to a normal amount of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that carries glucose to the body’s cells. Some other risk factors include aging, lack exercise, a family history of type II diabetes, and a body-mass-index, or BMI (body mass index) that is greater than 25.
Metabolic syndrome affects 10% of people in their 20’s and 40% of people in their 60’s. The biggest health risks of having metabolic syndrome are the development of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
DIAGNOSIS IS BASED ON THREE CONDITIONS
The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute list 5 factors that make up metabolic balance syndrome. If a person has at least 3 of these 5 factors they either have or are at risk for having metabolic syndrome.
Women with a waist measurement, taken at the navel, 35 inches or larger are at risk for metabolic syndrome.
Men with a waist measurement, taken at the navel, of 40 inches or more, could be at risk for metabolic syndrome.
CHOLESTEROL ~ High Triglycerides:
For women and men with a triglycerides blood value that is either 150 mg/dL or one is taking a medication for cholesterol reduction.
CHOLESTEROL ~ Low Cholesterol (HDL):
For women with a HDL Cholesterol, also known as “good cholesterol,” blood value that is less than 50 mg/dL or one is taking a medication for cholesterol reduction.
For men who have an HDL Cholesterol blood value that is less than 40 mg/dL or are taking a medication for cholesterol reduction.
HIGH BLOOD SUGAR
Men & Women who have the value of high fasting glucose level is 100 md/dL or higher.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Men & Women who are taking a medication to reduce blood pressure or if blood pressure is 135/85 mm Hg or greater.
AVOID METABOLIC SYNDROME WITH LIFE STYLE CHANGE
There simple steps that can go a long way to reducing the risks of having metabolic balance, weight loss, exercise, smoking cessation, and diet change. If you feel you are at risk for having metabolic syndrome, see a qualified healthcare professional.
METABOLIC BALANCE® & METABOLIC SYNDROME
Metabolic Balance® is a program has been proven effective for weight loss and the improvement in personal quality of life.
A recent independent study that was published in The Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism shows that a systematic change in diet in accordance with the metabolic balance® system clearly improves the symptoms of metabolic syndrome (excess weight, diabetes, hypertension and lipid metabolism disorders). Of the clients suffering from metabolic syndrome at the start of the program, after one year 76% no longer met the criteria for this diagnosis. View the complete study in The Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.
You can find out more about metabolic balance® at www.MetabolicBalanceCalifornia.com.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, http://www.mayoclinic.com.
PubMed, A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Rothenberg, Battle the Bulge & Get Healthy, Homeopathy Today, Winter 2011.
Meffert, Cornelia; Gerdes, Nikolaus: Program Adherence and Effectiveness of a Commercial Nutrition Program: The Metabolic Balance Study. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, Volume 2010 (2010).
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