Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is common and includes having high blood sugar, hypertension, excess fat around the waist, and high cholesterol. It can be prevented and treated but may lead to serious cardiovascular concerns if ignored.

Combination of lifestyle related factors leading to heart disease.

The term “metabolic syndrome” doesn’t correlate to one specific issue and instead is the grouping of a range of health concerns. If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, high blood sugar, and large amounts of fat around your abdomen, you could have metabolic syndrome.

As most of the concerns that make up this condition don’t have specific symptoms, it may be hard to tell if you have this disorder. Many people find that their waistline is often a clear indication and diabetic-like symptoms including fatigue, blurred vision, or increased thirst or urination could also play a role.

Nearly all of the conditions that make up metabolic syndrome are linked to poor nutrition, obesity, and a lack of exercise. A family history of diabetes or a history of gestational diabetes also increases your risk, as does the presence of sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

A series of tests are required to determine whether you have metabolic syndrome including checking your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and measuring your waist circumference.

Although the condition can be treated with medications that help to control your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol, at Manhattan Cardiovascular Associates we always aim to uncover and support lifestyle changes that can potentially reverse the diagnosis. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, cessation of tobacco use, utilizing stress management techniques, and losing weight have all proven to be highly effective in treating this condition.

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