Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health conditions that occur together and increase the risk of developing serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These conditions include:
The exact cause of metabolic syndrome is not fully understood, but it’s believed to be related to a combination of genetic factors, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity. Insulin resistance, where the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar), is a key underlying factor.
Having three or more of these conditions is generally considered to indicate metabolic syndrome. The presence of metabolic syndrome increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, losing weight if needed, and managing stress, can help prevent or manage metabolic syndrome. In some cases, medications may also be prescribed to manage specific risk factors, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Early detection and management of metabolic syndrome can significantly improve long-term health outcomes. If you suspect you might have metabolic syndrome, click here and find out how Transform Wellness Clinic can help you.