Metabolic syndrome is more than just a medical term; it’s a significant health concern that acts as a precursor to diabetes and elevates the risk for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). In fact, its impact on health can be equated to the risks posed by cigarette smoking, especially when it comes to premature CHD.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include:
- Elevated Fasting Blood Sugar: A level greater than 100 mg/dL indicates a higher risk.
- High Blood Pressure: Readings above 130/85 mm Hg are considered elevated.
- Increased Triglycerides: Levels above 150 mg/dL are a cause for concern.
- Low HDL Cholesterol: Often referred to as “good cholesterol,” low levels can increase risks.
- Abdominal Obesity: For Caucasians, a waist circumference greater than 38 inches for men and 35 inches for women is indicative of abdominal obesity.
Having three or more of these conditions qualifies an individual as having metabolic syndrome.
The American Health Crisis
It’s often remarked that many Americans are “diabetics in training.” This statement underscores the alarming rise in obesity and overweight conditions, which are significant contributors to not only diabetes and metabolic syndrome but also a plethora of other health disorders.
The Solution: Therapeutic Life Style Changes (TLC)
Addressing obesity and metabolic syndrome isn’t just about diet and exercise. It requires a holistic approach encompassing lifestyle changes, medical interventions, and continuous monitoring. At Heal N Cure Medical Wellness Center in Glenview, we offer a comprehensive weight loss program called New U®, designed to help individuals reclaim their health and vitality. This program focuses on identifying the root causes of health issues and provides tailored solutions to address them.
Obesity and metabolic syndrome are intertwined health challenges that require informed and proactive measures. By understanding the components of metabolic syndrome and seeking expert guidance, such as from a Bariatric physician and Lifestyle Educator, individuals can implement Therapeutic Life Style Changes (TLC) to mitigate risks.
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