Identifying Metabolic Syndrome with Certain Risk Factors

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According to the the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) when three or more risk factors are present then a person qualifies as having metabolic syndrome. This is an important prognostic indicator: having metabolic syndrome is associated with two times the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and four times the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

By correcting the imbalances that lead to the metabolic syndrome one can reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, and diabetes. Learn more about Metabolic Syndrome and how it’s diagnosed.

Understanding Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a health condition affecting 47 million Americans, according to the American Heart Association. This condition is still evolving in the medical world and not completely understood.

The Mayo Clinic describes it as “a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.”

Metabolic syndrome factors are closely associated with “insulin resistance” where the body fails to process insulin efficiently to lower glucose and triglyceride levels.

Risk Factors 

When it comes to preventing disease, it is important to understand what can augment your risk for certain conditions. The following factors increase your chances of having metabolic syndrome:

  • Diabetes. You’re more likely to have metabolic syndrome if you had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • Age. Your risk of metabolic syndrome increases with age.
  • Ethnicity. In the United States, Hispanics— especially Hispanic women — appear to be at the greatest risk of developing this condition.
  • Obesity. Carrying too much weight, especially in your abdomen, increases your risk of metabolic syndrome.
  • Other diseases. Your risk of metabolic syndrome is higher if you’ve ever had nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, polycystic ovary syndrome or sleep apnea.

Treatment Plans 

Balanced Well-Being Healthcare designs treatment plans for metabolic syndrome with therapeutic lifestyle interventions catered to the specific needs of each individual patient.

One of the biggest areas we address in treatment is your diet. One approach is to monitor your carbohydrate intake to make sure they are no more than 50 percent of your total calories, writes the Cleveland Clinic.

“Eat foods defined as complex carbohydrates, such as whole grain bread (instead of white), brown rice (instead of white), and sugars that are unrefined (instead of refined; for example cookies, crackers). Increase your fiber consumption by eating legumes (for example, beans), whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Reduce your intake of red meats and poultry. Thirty percent of your daily calories should come from fat. Consume healthy fats such as those in canola oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil and nuts.”

Nutritional supplements can be incorporated to promote optimal glucose use.  High potency multivitamins, fish oils, or chromium have been shown to help with insulin sensitivity and inflammation.

Other treatments include the use of herbal supplements such as green tea, and cinnamon; lifestyle changes to the timing of eating, and meal consolidation; and exercise prescriptions with options for personal training to develop more sustained patterns and practices of exercise.

Call for a Consultation Today!

To determine if you have metabolic syndrome, schedule a n appointment with Balanced Well-Being Healthcare today so we can conduct the  necessary tests, including blood pressure, lipid profile (triglycerides and HDL), and blood glucose to prescribe the precise care you need.

Metabolic Syndrome Patients benefit from individually designed treatment plans for diet, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes based on testing results to ensure you get exactly what YOUR body needs. Learn more by calling 970-631-8286 today to set up a consultation.