Metabolic Syndrome Is a Sign of Prediabetes
Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions—insulin resistance, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels and excess body fat around the waist—that dramatically increases risk of heart disease, stroke and prediabetes. Metabolic syndrome is becoming more common among Americans, and those suffering from it are five times as likely to suffer from diabetes than those who don’t have metabolic syndrome.
Having metabolic syndrome means a person has three or more metabolic disorders, including obesity, insulin resistance, a high amount of inflammation, high blood pressure, and dyslipidemia, a disorder that occurs when “good” and “bad” cholesterol are out of balance in the blood.
Metabolic syndrome and prediabetes often occur together. Not every person with prediabetes has metabolic syndrome, but most people with metabolic syndrome have prediabetes.Metabolic syndrome and prediabetes often occur together.
How to Prevent Metabolic Syndrome
- Eat a balanced diet rich in “good” fats, fiber, whole grains and lean protein.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Even if you don’t lose weight, exercise helps manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels and increases insulin sensitivity.
- Schedule a free blood test. Advanced biomarker blood testing at PreDiabetes Centers can determine about what might be necessary to treat your metabolic syndrome. If left unchecked, it can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.