Who can develop metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is common in Australia, with around one in five people meeting the criteria for diagnosis. Metabolic syndrome can affect both men and women and becomes more common as people get older.
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Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome, is a collection of conditions that together increase the risk of developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes. These conditions include a larger waistline, high blood pressure, increased …
Obesity is the main sign of metabolic syndrome, while the other characteristics of metabolic syndrome generally do not show specific symptoms, even when at dangerous levels.
The cause of metabolic syndrome is generally lifestyle-related, including eating an unhealthy diet and not getting enough exercise. In some cases, genetic factors can also play a part.
Your doctor can diagnose metabolic syndrome using a physical examination and blood tests to assess each of the characteristics associated with metabolic syndrome.
Treatment of metabolic syndrome involves lifestyle changes, which include regular exercise, eating healthily, limiting refined sugar and saturated fats, cutting down alcohol and quitting smoking.
By making healthy lifestyle choices, metabolic syndrome can be cured.
The outlook for people with metabolic syndrome is good if action is taken to address each feature of the syndrome and to reach the recommended healthy targets.
Regular exercise - a good goal is to do at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week - will help treat metabolic syndrome.