Metabolic syndrome is a confusing and concerning set of risk factors that significantly increase the risk of future heart disease; much more than any one risk factor alone. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 35% of Americans are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, greatly increasing the chances of insulin resistance, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and hardening of the arteries.
While there are many complex factors contributing to the development of metabolic syndrome, the main contributors to this condition are genetics, lack of physical activity, poor diet, diabetes and being overweight or obese. Metabolic syndrome risk factors include:
Excess Belly Fat
High Cholesterol (150 mg/dl or greater)
High Blood Pressure
High Resting Blood Glucose Levels (100 mg/dl or greater)
Insulin Resistance (a condition where the body can not use insulin or process blood sugar)
Considering the many different symptoms and risk factors leading to metabolic syndrome, diagnosing the condition can prove rather difficult. Common indicators used to diagnose metabolic syndrome include:
Increased waist circumference (40 inches or more for men, 35 inches or more for women)
Elevated blood sugar levels
Elevated triglyceride levels
Elevated blood pressure
While some people are genetically predisposed to be at higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome, several lifestyle choices also contribute to the development of the condition, these choices include:
Consuming over half of daily caloric intake from carbohydrates
Failing to exercise the recommend 30 to 60 minutes each day
Adding body fat, especially belly fat.
With an estimated 70 million Americans diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, the condition has reached epidemic proportions. Fortunately, the condition can be reversed and even eliminated with an aggressive diet and exercise program. Specifically, doctors and health care providers recommend eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and supplements that decrease blood sugar and diabetes risk (including Cinnamomum Burmannii. and Berberine both found in BioTrust’s IC-5 Advanced Insulin and Carbohydrate Management Supplement); exercising for a minimum of 3 hours a week; and maintaining a healthy weight to minimize the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.