METABOLIC SYNDROME: BEAT THE SILENT KILLER
Bea th silen killer
It can greatly increase your risk of diabetes and heart attack, yet to most it’s a mystery. Here’s how to beat it!
It’s a health condition that greatly increases your risk of diabetes and heart attack, yet you probably haven’t even heard of it. Dietitian Melissa Meier shows you how to prevent ‘syndrome X’.
Metabolic syndrome has increased rapidly in recent years — in fact, over half of Australian adults now have a risk factor associated with it, and 35 per cent of us have the condition itself. But while it can lead to a range of serious health risks, simple lifestyle changes can stop the syndrome in its tracks. Here’s what you should know.
What is it?
Metabolic syndrome, also known as ‘syndrome X’, is a collection of interlinked risk factors that are closely associated with heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It’s such a complex condition that it isn’t fully understood yet, so there’s no hard and fast definition that can be used with absolute certainty. Nonetheless, you could be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome if you fit three or more of the following criteria: • Abdominal obesity Waist circumference above 94cm for men or 80cm for women • Hypertension Blood pressure above 140/90 mmHg • Diabetes, insulin resistance or impaired fasting glucose • High LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and low HDL ‘good’ cholesterol • High blood triglycerides If you have metabolic syndrome, your risk of heart attack is doubled and your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is multiplied by five. But over the page we show you some simple ways you can reduce your risk and improve your quality of life. It’s time to break the silence!