Hello Doctor brought to you by Dischem – Metabolic Syndrome – 15 January 2014
Metabolic Syndrome – 15 January 2014
Metabolic syndrome: It’s a health condition that everyone’s talking about. Although it was only identified less than 20 years ago, metabolic syndrome is as widespread as pimples and the common cold.
Metabolic syndrome is not a disease in itself. Instead, it’s a cluster of risk factors – insulin resistance, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat. Obviously, having any one of these risk factors isn’t good, but when they’re combined, they set the stage for some serious health problems. Together, these risk factors double your risk of blood vessel and heart disease, and increase your risk of diabetes by five times.
The good news is that even small tweaks in eating behaviour and improvements in physical activity have been shown to improve all conditions associated with metabolic syndrome. It’s important also to screen regularly too, especially for those sneaky silent conditions like blood pressure and cholesterol that otherwise give you no indications that they are approaching dangerous levels.
More good news? You can prevent metabolic syndrome in the same way you would treat it, so start being proactive – prevention is always better than cure!