Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes

About 23 percent of adults are affected by metabolic syndrome, a serious health condition that places people at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). TrueFit for Me can help you determine if you’re in that undesirable percentage.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of metabolic disorders. The chances for developing cardiovascular disease increases when multiple disorders are present.

Metabolic syndrome occurs when a person has three or more of the following (or, with two, a risk):

  • Elevated triglycerides
  • Low HDL, “the good cholesterol”
  • High blood pressure
  • High fasting blood sugar
  • Waist size greater than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women
  • Metabolic syndrome is a surrogate for future heart disease and diabetes, which affects approximately 29 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are two forms diabetes: Type 1, in which the pancreas makes insufficient insulin, and the more common Type 2, in which the body has difficulty producing and using insulin. Last year alone, diabetes accounted for more than $1 billion in National Institutes of Health funding, compared with about $5.65 billion spent on cancer research, according to a recent article from the Washington Post.

But that isn’t the only cost, as diabetes is responsible for 12 percent of deaths in the U.S., rather than 3.3 percent that death certificates indicate, said Andrew Stokes of the Boston University School of Public Health, in an interview included in the Post’s story.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though, as the AHA reminds us that we can significantly reduce risks of metabolic syndrome by reducing weight; increasing your physical activity; eating a heart-healthy diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish; and working with your healthcare provider to monitor and manage blood glucose, blood cholesterol and blood pressure.

TrueFit for Me can determine what your risk factors are so you can more knowledgeably proceed down a better path with your health-care and personal-fitness professionals.


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