According to the American Heart Association, 34% of adults have Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome describes a group of risk factors that when combined together, greatly increase the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health problems.
A person has Metabolic Syndrome when he or she has 3 or more of the following risk factors (if you are taking medication to treat one of the listed conditions, you are considered to have that risk factor):
High fasting blood glucose (sugar)
Low HDL cholesterol level (the "good" cholesterol)
A large waistline: greater than 35 inches for women, 40 inches for men
High triglyceride level
High blood pressure
You can prevent metabolic syndrome by being physically active, eating a heart-healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight and waist size.
You can prevent these risk factors from progressing to heart disease, stroke, diabetes or other serious health problems by eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, managing stress, and avoiding tobacco as well as taking medications as directed.
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