What Is It?
Metabolic Syndrome (also known as Syndrome X or Insulin Resistance Syndrome) is not an actual disease, but a collection of conditions that can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Scientists are yet to truly define the link between the conditions but there is strong belief that genetics plays a role.
A person is classed as having Metabolic Syndrome if they hold a lot of weight around the midsection (abdomen), and also have at least 2 of the following:
• Impaired fasting glucose levels
• High blood pressure
• Low HDL (High density lipoprotein) levels
• High blood triglycerides
Why Should I Care?
People with Syndrome X suffer from insulin resistance, which means that as sugar builds in the bloodstream it cannot be sufficiently removed. This will cause a lack of energy, and an increase in body fat.
What Are The Risk Factors?
The risk factors range based on the health conditions the individual has. Carrying an excessive amount of body fat around the abdomen makes a person more susceptible, as does having Type 2 Diabetes.
What are The Treatments?
Treatments are highly specific to the health conditions that the individual has, but many doctors will advise the patient to lose weight