It has been reported that 47 million adults in the United States (almost 25 %) have metabolic syndrome, and the number continues to grow. Metabolic syndrome is also sometimes referred to as Syndrome X or pre-diabetes. The increasing number of people who have this condition is linked to the rise in obesity rates among adults. It is believed that metabolic syndrome will overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease.
According to the National Institutes of Health, metabolic syndrome is diagnosed if you have at least three of the risk factors below:
• A large waistline. This also is called abdominal obesity or “having an apple shape.” Excess fat in the abdominal area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
• A higher than normal triglyceride level (or you’re on medicine to treat high triglycerides). Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.
• A lower than normal HDL cholesterol level (or you’re on medicine to treat low HDL cholesterol). HDL is sometimes called “good” cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk of heart disease.
• Higher than normal blood pressure (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood pressure). Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your blood vessels and lead to plaque buildup or “hardening of the arteries.”
• Higher than normal fasting blood sugar (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood sugar). Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.
Nutrientology’s approach is geared toward helping people overcome these risk factors. This can be accomplished through education and a resultant change in diet, exercise and lifestyle.