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What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Posted on April 11, 2022 at 3:10 PM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists

Metabolic Syndrome is defined by the National Institute of Health as a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. You may carry some or all of the risk factors and not be aware of it. In a review of your recent health exams and laboratory data, you may be able to determine whether or not you have this disorder. 

Do I have Metabolic Syndrome?

• Waist Measurement: >35 inches in females or  >40 inches in men.

• High Triglyceride Level: Triglycerides >150mg/dL or being on medication to treat high triglycerides

• Low HDL Cholesterol: HDL cholesterol <50mg/dL in women or <40mg/dL in men or being on medication to treat cholesterol

• High Blood Pressure: a blood pressure >130/85 mmHg or being on medication to treat blood pressure

• High Fasting Blood Sugar: a fasting blood sugar >100mg/dL

If 3 or more of the above criteria apply to you, it is likely you have Metabolic Syndrome. Greater than 80% of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes also have Metabolic Syndrome. Several studies show an increase risk of cardiovascular disease and death in those with metabolic syndrome risk factors. 

What can you do?

Talk to your doctor about treating your risk factors. Some of the conditions may need medication to correct. The American Heart Association suggests doing what you can to reduce risk through lifestyle change: stop smoking, increase physical activity, and follow a heart healthy diet. 

Individuals who lose 7-10% of body weight can show improvement in risk factors. The team at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists is committed to helping you improve your health through weight loss. Some insurance plans cover sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss for those with metabolic syndrome, emphasizing the importance of treating this disorder. 

Jody Horstman, ARNP, NP-C



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