A metabolic syndrome is a group of health conditions linked to insulin resistance.
The disorder is associated with many chronic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, and chronic kidney disease.
People with metabolic syndrome usually have metabolic dysfunction, and at least three of the following signs:
Large waistline. Waist measurement of 40 inches or more for men and 35 inches or more for women is a big risk factor for metabolic syndrome.
Abnormal blood cholesterol levels. Blood cholesterols include HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol).
If HDL level is lower than 40 mg/dL for men and lower than 50 mg/dL for women, then the risk for metabolic syndrome is high.
High triglycerides in the blood. When the triglyceride level in the blood is higher than 150 mg/dL, the metabolic syndrome risk is high. Some medications can raise the triglyceride level.
High blood pressure. If the blood pressure reading is higher than 130/85, then the risk for metabolic syndrome is high. Again, some drugs can increase blood pressure.
High blood glucose. When fasting blood glucose is higher than 100 mg/dL, the metabolic syndrome risk is high.
If you experience the above signs, you may have metabolic syndrome or a high risk of the disorder. Either way, you need to pay attention to your body health.
You may also have low-level inflammation through the body and blood clotting defects.
The blood clotting defects may increase your risk of developing blood clots in the arteries, which can cause heart attacks and stroke.
If you have metabolic syndrome, you should use a healthy diet to control the disease.
Recent studies have shown that sugary drinks can raise the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
On the other hand, dietary fiber can help protect you from type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
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