What you don’t know can hurt you. Metabolic Syndrome falls into that category. Many people have it, don’t know it; don’t even know what it is.
“It’s basically five metabolic abnormalities that when combined significantly increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” says Dr. Sal Lacagnina, VP Health and Wellness with Lee Memorial Health System.
Consider them a group of risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high bad cholesterol, low good cholesterol and belly fat. The more components you have, the greater your health risk.
“We’ve known for a long time that when you see patients with all of these abnormalities together they significantly increase the risk more than they individually do,” says Dr. Lacagnina.
At the heart of all these, the common thread relates to obesity. These conditions are impacted by weight. Control the weight, and you can lower the risk.
“When people will change their nutrition, what they actually eat, you can affect your blood pressure right away, your blood sugar levels go down, your cholesterol level goes down and you start losing weight. So if we’re looking for one thing that will make a difference in the whole metabolic syndrome, just changing your diet,” says Dr. Lacagnina.
Pleading ignorance doesn’t change a thing. But changing your lifestyle can alter your future health.