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How To Know If You Are At Risk For the Metobolic Syndrome

Introduction

Metobolic syndrome is known to effect one out of every four people. Contrary to popular belief, metobolic syndrome is not a disease, instead it is syndrome that can lead down a very unhealthy path for some individuals.  It is basically an assessment used by doctors to figure out the risk of a person getting high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels.   Most of the symptoms operate internally and do not show externally, making it even harder to find.  It is sneaky and operates silently.  

Step 1

People who are older in age have a higher chance of getting metobolic syndrome.  Unfortunately, like most health issues, the risk will rise as you get older in age. The risk will rise by 20% for those in their 40's, 35% for those in their 50's and 45% for those in their 60's and older.  If you are 40 years old or older, it is suggested you visit with your doctor often to get blood tests to make sure you are not at risk.  

Step 2

Men with a waist line of 40 inches or more and women with a waist line of 35 inches or more prone to metobolic syndrome.  People who are overweight or are obese have a higher risk factor.  Those who carry a large amount of weight in their abdomen and waist are also considered very high risk.  Fortunately, you can decrease your chances by following a healthy, nutritious and low fat diet.  You also can decrease your chances by exercising daily and staying slim. 

Step 3

Individuals who have a genetic history of people in their family with diabetes are also much more prone to having metobolic syndrome.  Even if you are not obese, take care of yourself and have no pre-existing health conditions, you are not in the clear.  You can be the healthiest person in the world, eat perfectly and exercise daily, but still be prone to such issues simply because of your families previous health issues.

Step 4

It is important for folks to get check up's often to prevent metobolic syndrome.  You will need to make sure your doctor checks your blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood triglyceride levels and blood glucose levels.  If you consistently have high blood pressure levels of 130/85 or higher, then you can be at risk.  If you often have low levels of good  cholesterol, 50 mg/dl and less than 40mg/dl then you may be at risk as well.  Also, if you have blood triglyceride levels that are consistently higher than 150 mg/dl then you can also be at risk.  Lastly, if you have insulin resistance, you could also experience metabolic syndrome. It is very important to pay close attention to your test results and follow your doctors orders.

Step 5

Individuals with a low or inactive lifestyle are very much at risk for metobolic syndrome as well.  People who do not excericse and partake in fitness activity can experience health problems or be at risk.  Even if you are not one who enjoys strenous physical exercise, you can still try to get a little bit of walking, jogging or swimming in to greately reduce your chances.  It is very important to keep your body moving not only to decrease your chances of metobolic syndrome but to decrease your chances of getting any other types of diseases.

Tips

Unfortunately, some people may just be genetically predisposed to metobolic syndrome, but for most of us, we can prevent this health issue.  Make sure to take good care of yourself, get a decent amount of exercise per week, make healthy choices while eating and continue to visit with your physician in order to lessen your chances of getting metobolic syndrome. 

By Nicole Marie, published at 02/22/2012
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