According to the guidelines, if you have three or more of the below traits (including those you are using medication to control), then you have metabolic syndrome…
- Decreased HDL (“Good” Cholesterol) Levels – If you have low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol), it can be indicative of metabolic syndrome. In women, HDL levels should be greater than 50 milligrams per deciliter. In men, it should be greater than 40 milligrams per deciliter.
- Elevated Triglycerides – High triglyceride levels, which are 150 milligrams per deciliter, can be an indication of metabolic syndrome.
- Elevated Fasting Glucose (Blood Sugar) Levels – If you have elevated fasting glucose levels higher than 100 milligrams per deciliter, it can be an indication of metabolic syndrome.
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) – Another indication of metabolic syndrome is having an increased blood pressure higher than 130/85 millimeters of mercury.
- Large Waistline – If your waistline is larger than 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men, it can be an indication of metabolic syndrome.
Approximately 35 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome; however, the number of people that develop metabolic syndrome increase with age. In fact, by the time a person reaches 60 years old or older, the risk of developing metabolic syndrome increases to 50 percent.
The question is why are our current treatment approaches not enough to control this significantly prevalent health issue?
The answer is because the majority of cases of metabolic syndrome is treated solely with medications to control the symptoms. However, the root causes of why this condition developed in the first place and what underlying imbalances are occurring in the body resulting in dysfunction are not addressed adequately. In other words, even if drugs are needed, it is still necessary to correct the underlying causes and work towards preventive health.
The metabolic syndrome traits listed above are highly linked to diet, lifestyle, inflammation, and environmental toxins and can be reversible in the vast majority of cases.