What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is a group of conditions that increase one's risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions.. Metabolic syndrome, also known as insulin resistance syndrome, is an increasing health crisis around the globe and affects approximately ⅓ of the population in the United States.
Metabolic Syndrome refers to a collection of symptoms and characteristics.
If you only have one or two of the following, it does not mean you have the condition but have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome or other future health issues.
What are the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome?
The following are characteristics of Metabolic Syndrome:
- High triglycerides
- Abdominal fat
- Insulin resistance
- High blood sugars
- Large weight circumference
What are the Causes of Metabolic Syndrome?
Can be induced by poor lifestyle habits such as consuming excessive amounts of energy-dense foods such as high fat and sugars and lack of physical activity.
Other lifestyle habits that can contribute to metabolic syndrome include smoking, high amounts of stress, poor sleep, and alcohol consumption.
There are also genetic risks for developing metabolic syndrome. The combination of lifestyle and genetic factors can predispose people to be more at risk of developing future health problems. Metabolic Syndrome is also related to and can put a patient at higher risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is often associated with insulin resistance.
Syndrome X is similar to Metabolic Syndrome but the difference is that there are more cardiovascular symptoms seen with it compared to Metabolic Syndrome. People who are diagnosed with Syndrome X experience angina.
Angina is a condition where the tiny vessels of the heart are dysfunctional and are constricted and can cause chest pain and tightness.