What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Based on the Mayo Clinic staff, Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having just one of these conditions doesn't mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater:
- increased blood pressure
- high blood sugar level
- excess body fat around the waist
- abnormal cholesterol levels
Metabolic syndrome is becoming more common due to a rise in obesity rates among adults. In the future, metabolic syndrome may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for heart disease. It is possible to prevent or delay metabolic syndrome, mainly with lifestyle changes. A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment. Successfully controlling metabolic syndrome requires long-term effort and teamwork with your health care providers.
Insulin resistance also may increase your risk for metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body can't use its insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps move blood sugar into cells where it's used for energy.
* If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.
METFORMIN (Prescription Medication)
*About 80 percent of women who took metformin while following a modified carbohydrate diet lost about 10 percent of their body weight within a year, a New York Medical College study found. And just over 90 percent of them had kept the weight off four years later.
References: American Diabetes Association & National Heart Lung and Blood Institute