Metabolic syndrome is a precursor to diabetes and increases the risk for Coronary heart disease (CHD). It has also been compared to cigarette smoking as an equal risk factor to premature CHD.
There are 5 components to metabolic syndrome, these are:
* Elevated fasting blood sugar >100 mg/dL
* Elevated blood pressure .130/85 mm Hg
* Elevated triglycerides (fat in blood) .150 mg/dL
* Low HDL (good cholesterol)
* Abdominal obesity (waist circumference). Men > 38, women >35 (Caucasians).
Having 3 of the 5 above shown, qualifies for metabolic syndrome.
It has been said that Americans are diabetics in training. Obesity and being overweight are major contributors to diabetes, metabolic syndrome and countless other diseases.
The key to avoiding or reversing obesity and metabolic syndrome is working with your Bariatric physician and Lifestyle Educator to implement Therapeutic Life Style Changes (TLC).