Metabolic syndrome is killing America. This group of risk factors – which includes a large waistline or “apple shape,” a high triglyceride level, a low HDL “good” cholesterol level, high blood pressure and high fasting blood sugar – can raise your risk of stroke, double your risk of heart disease and multiply your risk of diabetes by five. You must exhibit at least three of these risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. Although the risk of developing metabolic syndrome is closely linked to obesity, a lack of physical activity at any body size, as well as insulin resistance, genetics and aging may also increase your risk for metabolic syndrome. As a general rule, everyone should pay attention to metabolic health. Luckily, committing to a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent metabolic syndrome and its related disease states.
Here are 5 areas to be mindful of:
1. Maintain a balanced diet of whole foods.