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What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

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Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of five risk factors that contribute to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Approximately 20% of Americans have metabolic syndrome and this figure rises with age, as over 45% of individuals over the age of 60 have this condition.

To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have three or more of the five risk factors associated with the condition:

While each of these can increase your risk of cardiovascular health issues, the risk of serious problems significantly rises when they are combined. Metabolic syndrome can result in an accumulation of plaque in your arteries, causing them to become clogged. When this occurs, blood clots may form which may trigger a heart attack or stroke.

What Are the Causes of Metabolic Syndrome?

Since metabolic syndrome consists of a collection of risk factors, there are a variety of potential causes. These may include:

Common Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome

The following factors can increase your risk of developing metabolic syndrome:

What Are the Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome?

In general, there are no visible symptoms for most of the five risk factors that comprise metabolic syndrome (other than extra belly fat). Therefore, the best way to determine whether you have metabolic syndrome is to go for your annual checkup with your doctor. During this visit, your doctor will check your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol to determine if you have metabolic syndrome.obesity is a cause of metabolic syndrome

You’ll be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome if you have three or more of the following metrics:

Preventing and/or Treating Metabolic Syndrome

In most instances, you can prevent metabolic syndrome or manage the condition by making a series of lifestyle changes that involve adopting healthy habits. These include:

If these lifestyle changes aren’t sufficient to treat your metabolic syndrome, you may need one or more of the following medications to help reduce your numbers for these risk factors to normal levels:

South Denver Cardiology Associates Can Help You Manage Metabolic Syndrome

At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we offer a variety of services that can help you reduce your risk of developing and/or treat metabolic syndrome. Our comprehensive preventive cardiology clinic provides world-class diagnostic evaluation and treatments to help you prevent the development of a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, including metabolic syndrome. These services can help you alleviate symptoms, prevent major issues from developing and maximize your quality of life.

In addition, our team can help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to prevent or treat metabolic syndrome. Our weight loss clinic will help you establish healthy eating habits. You’ll work with board-certified cardiologists, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians and exercise physiologists who will provide nutritional consulting and help you create an individualized nutrition plan to take control of your health.

In addition, you can visit our medical fitness gym to establish an exercise program that is tailored to help you effectively manage any metabolic syndrome risk factors you exhibit. Our exercise specialists are all university trained and certified, and they will supervise all of your fitness activities to ensure you achieve the maximum benefit from your customized exercise program.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at South Denver Cardiology Associates, serving the South Denver area and Littleton.

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