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Metabolic Syndrome: How You Can Get It

Sunday, 06 April 2014 11:15 PM

Metabolic syndrome is defined as a risk factor for cardiovascular illnesses and diabetes. It is a combination of conditions like abnormal cholesterol and blood sugar levels, excess body fat, etc. It could be life-threatening and could degenerate one's physical condition.


Generally the causes of metabolic syndrome are categorized under two headings:
  • Genetic: Families possess a history of diabetes and hypertension leading to increased chances of someone in the family having the same syndrome.
  • Environmental: Causes like weight gain, anxiety, and reduced activity levels may lead to metabolic syndrome. Obesity, smoking, and excessive eating are other significant factors.

Signs and Symptoms

Generally there are no specific signs or symptoms to indicate the onset of metabolic syndrome, but a large waistline due to the above factors could be a sign. However, some prominent signs of metabolic syndrome include the following:
  • High blood pressure and anxiety levels, if the person suffers from diabetes (especially type 2 diabetes), are sure signs of metabolic syndrome.
  • Increased thirst and urination are other signs.
  • Fatigue and blurring of vision, dizzy spells, nose bleeds, headache etc. are signs that signify metabolic syndrome.
  • Obesity, high blood pressure, and high anxiety levels can all be signs and after-effects of metabolic syndrome.
How to Treat Metabolic Syndrome?

Since metabolic syndrome entails risks of serious heart diseases, one must take the following steps to reduce the risks.
  1. Changing one's outlook and lifestyle by consuming a balanced diet, curbing junk foods, and eating healthy organic stuff. A Mediterranean diet is a popular diet course for metabolic syndrome, and it includes eating foods rich in good fats like olive oils and proteins like fish, chicken, etc. Keeping a check on diet can also be helpful for maintaining good blood pressure levels.
  2. Doing exercise and increasing the level of activity to minimize obesity. This also helps produce ‘happy hormones’ in the body and thus automatically works to keep anxiety levels low and in keeping a check on the blood pressure.
  3. Practicing yoga and other therapies to reduce weight, anxiety, and blood pressure. Yoga is a subtle way to address problems of anxiety and blood pressure without putting much physical stress on the body.
  4. Using drugs to control cholesterol levels and high blood pressure as prescribed by your specialist. Thiazolidinediones and rosiglitazone are prominent class of drugs prescribed for blood pressure and cholesterol.
Noticing signs at the earliest opportunity helps treat the disease and improve the lifestyle of the patient. Precautionary measures to avoid the onset of the disease, especially due to environmental factors, are also the key to keep away from this disease.
Simply put, by adopting a heart-healthy diet, managing weight, and making exercise a daily part of your diet will help you beat metabolic syndrome. Importantly, understand that metabolic syndrome is a combination of the following disorders: obesity, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and anxiety. If you have three or more of these disorders, you are showing signs of metabolic syndrome and need to check with your doctor. It is worth consulting your doctor.

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Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, which may increase the risk of heart disease. Eating a balanced diet and being active can prevent the risk of metabolic syndrome. When your blood pressure and cholesterol and anxiety levels are high, it would do you good to consult your doctor.
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