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What is metabolic syndrome?
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 …
What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
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.
What causes metabolic syndrome?
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.
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.
How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed?
Your doctor can diagnose metabolic syndrome using a physical examination and blood tests to assess each of the characteristics associated with metabolic syndrome.
How is metabolic syndrome treated?
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.
What is the prognosis for people with metabolic syndrome?
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.
What can be done at home to treat metabolic syndrome?
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.
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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 20 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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