What is Metabolic Syndrome?

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

The American Heart Association estimates that nearly 47 million Americans have metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that could lead to heart disease and which increase your risk of developing diabetes by 5 times.

What are these risk factors and what can you do to prevent them?

The five conditions described below are metabolic risk factors. You can have any one of these risk factors by itself, but combined, they present a slew of greater medical concerns. You must have at least three metabolic risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The more factors you have, the higher your risk.

In general, a person who has metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn't.

Metabolic Risk Factors

  1. A large waistline - This also is called abdominal obesity. Excess fat in the stomach area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  2. A high triglyceride level - Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. You are also at risk if you're taking medication to treat high triglycerides.
  3. A low HDL cholesterol level - Also called "good" cholesterol, HDL helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol, or the need for medication to treat a low HDL level, raises your risk for heart disease.
  4. High blood pressure- Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to plaque buildup.
  5. High fasting blood sugar- Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.

If metabolic syndrome is suspected or diagnosed, it's imperative to move swiftly and stop diabetes in its tracks! This involves reducing waistline, triglycerides, blood pressure, and blood sugar and raising HDL cholesterol.

What's the most important thing to do here? Eat your veggies! Their fiber, vitamin and mineral content can improve all these numbers and provide your body with the good, healthy nutrients it needs.

And how can you get in the 30-50 grams of fiber per day necessary to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease? This is where the NutriBullet comes in! Use recipes that meet your flavor preferences and objectively plan out your 30-50 grams of fiber every single day. This approach alone will help all 5 conditions listed!

Don't want a cold Blast? Use the Rx to blend cooked vegetables and delicious spices to make soups. Don't think you'll enjoy your fruits and veggies? Trust me, you WILL find a recipe, whether creamy or thin, full of veggies or full of fruits, that you will LOVE and that will help you get in your required fiber. Make it happen!

Next, put on your shoes and get moving!Take the stairs, walk your dog, lie in bed and raise your feet high in the air and move, move, move! Whatever it takes!

I hope this helps you understand that if you have the signs and symptoms of metabolic syndrome, you cannot afford to wait. The time is here; you need fiber and you need exercise.

Your NutriBullet family is here to support you and your health goals!

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

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