Synopsis

A cluster of conditions that occur together is known as metabolic syndrome. These conditions can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Conditions include high blood sugar, increased blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and excess body fat around the waist.

  • Up to 1/3 adults in the U.S. have metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome and related conditions can be prevented by…

  • 30 minutes of daily exercise
  • Limiting the intake of salt and saturated fats
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Smoking… don’t do it!
  • Eat a diet with plenty of fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and vegetables

Signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome include…

  • Large waist circumference
  • High blood sugar
  • Symptoms of diabetes

Metabolic syndrome and its associated conditions can be prevented or maintained to some extent by making serious lifestyle changes. In a majority of cases, obesity or inactivity can be related to the development of metabolic syndrome. It’s important to seek medical attention and receive proper testing for metabolic syndrome if you have any symptoms or related conditions. You may be at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart and blood vessel diseases if you have metabolic syndrome.

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