The Metabolic Syndrome

is a group of risk factors that put a person at high-risk for Cardiovascular Disease.

Metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common around the world. It is estimated that 20% of US adults have it, while 30-40% of adults form Asia and Middle East have this syndrome. If not diagnosed early, the consequences are deadly.

Metabolic syndrome

is identified by the presence of three or more of these components.

  • Central obesity as measured by weight circumference. In men, greater than 40 inches and in women greater than 35 inches.
  • Fasting blood triglycerides greater than or equal to 150 mg/dl
  • Blood HDL cholesterol: In men, less than 40 mg/dl – and in women, less than 50 mg/dl
  • Blood pressure greater than or equal to 130/85 mmHG
  • Fasting glucose greater than or equal to 110 mg/dl (diabetes)
  • The safest, most effective and preferred way to reduce metabolic syndrome is weight loss and increased physical activity.
  • Routinely monitor body weight (especially the index for central obesity), blood glucose, lipoproteins and blood pressure)
  • Treat individual risk factors (hyperlipiderma, hypertension and high blood glucose) according to established guidelines.