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Metabolic Syndrome Doubles Risk of Heart Attack & Stroke: Get Tested!
First: Prediabetes: What You Need To Know...
Prediabetes is a condition whereby blood-sugar levels are above normal, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of diabetes.
People suffer from prediabetes before developing type-2 diabetes. The unfortunate part is that prediabetes may be causing havoc on the body, especially to the heart and circulatory system.
The "Metabolic Syndrome": How It Affects Americans...
The "metabolic syndrome" is a group of cardiovascular risk factors that include obesity, high blood sugar (as seen in prediabetes), high concentrations of bad cholesterol (LDL), and low concentrations of good cholesterol.
To have metabolic syndrome you must suffer from three of the above. Unfortunately, about 25% of North Americans have metabolic syndrome.
Obesity, according to researchers, is the main reason for the upsurge in metabolic syndrome and those who do have it are on their way to developing type-2 diabetes. Before that occurs, however, this syndrome can double your risk of heart attack and stroke.
"Metabolic Syndrome", Diabetes, etc. What You Need to Know...
Researchers analyzed 87 different studies on metabolic syndrome that included about one million participants. The study was done by Dr. Eisenberg, McGill University, Montreal and found that women were more impacted than men--and that the metabolic syndrome unleashed its havoc on the body, even when type-2 diabetes was not found.
They also found that metabolic syndrome increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke by "two-fold or more." The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
So what's the answer to metabolic syndrome? Researchers say that obesity kicks it off, with the other conditions following close behind. For that reason, weight-loss is the first factor to address if you've got a problem with obesity.
The next step is a visit to the doctor where you'll need to have blood-sugar levels checked and your good and bad cholesterol. If any of these factors are out of whack, you need to take action to get them in check.
Remember that you must have three of the four indicators of metabolic syndrome to be diagnosed with the condition! So even if you're not overweight, it might be good to have your blood levels and cholesterol checked.
If you are overweight and haven't visited a doctor lately, there's no time like the present to take your health into your hands and get the tests necessary to give YOU the power to address and defeat this destructive syndrome!