METABOLIC SYNDROME - What do these two words mean?
METABOLIC SYNDROME is a collection of a number of factors that collectively (three or more) can become a problem. They include high blood pressure (Hypertension) high blood sugar, cholesterol that is higher than accepted guidelines, high triglyceride levels, plus excess body fat especially around the waist.
Putting some of these conditions together makes a person a likely candidate for diabetes, heart disease, heart attack or a stroke
The term "Metabolic Syndrome" has only evolved around the last eleven years, previously it was referred to as Syndrome X. It was medical research that concluded that a collection of factors could contribute to diabetes and heart disease. Metabolic Syndrome is described as a cluster of conditions, primarily linked to people who are overweight or obese and have a sedentary lifestyle.
These are some of the symptoms:
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Disease (Covered separately in Members Section)
- Brown folds of skin around the neck and/or shoulders
- High Blood Pressure
- Low HDL Cholesterol
- High Triglyceride Levels
- High Fasting Glucose Levels
- Central Obesity, In men often referred to as Apple Shape
- Central Obesity, in women often referred to as Pear Shaped
- Insulin Resistance