Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome

August 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels – that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Having just one of these conditions isn’t diagnosed as metabolic syndrome, but it does contribute to your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

What Causes Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is linked to your body’s metabolism, and possibly to a condition called insulin resistance. In people with insulin resistance, cells don’t respond normally to insulin, and glucose can’t enter the cells as easily. The body reacts by churning out more and more insulin to help glucose get into your cells. The result is higher than normal levels of insulin in your blood. This can lead to diabetes when your body is unable to make enough insulin to control the blood glucose to the normal range.

The risk factors that increase your chances of having metabolic syndrome are age, race, obesity, a history of diabetes, and a diagnosis of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease or polycystic syndrome.


Entry filed under: Managing your health.

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