If your doctor has told you to be concerned about metabolic syndrome risk factors, don’t ignore her. There are five metrics your physician is paying attention to (especially for those over 40). Each one individually is worthy of taking action, but when some or all are present, start taking steps today.
Metabolic Syndrome is the term used for a group of physical signs that often lead to diabetes and heart diseases. Each component by itself is a risk factor for disease, but more and more people are developing any or all of them, increasing the risk for heart attack, stroke, and vascular (relating to the system of blood vessels) diseases.
The five risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome are:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- High triglycerides
- High cholesterol
- Waistline circumference greater than 35 inches
As growing research points to metabolic syndrome as a risk for some chronic diseases and early death, experts are calling for a new medical subspecialty: cardiometabolic medicine. This would combine all the relevant areas of medicine into one practice that together make up metabolic syndrome.
If your doctor said you have Metabolic Syndrome, start taking action right away to reduce your chance of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Use this journal for daily tracking of blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight. Measure your waist circumference less often but regularly, and jot down the results when you’ve had your cholesterol and triglycerides checked. Your medical professional will love to see all your numbers together in one neat book when you bring it filled in to your appointments – so you can together determine if what you’re doing is working or not, and make an informed plan going forward.