Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when a person has three or more of the following measurements:
- Abdominal obesity or Waist circumference over half their height.
- Triglyceride level of 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater
- HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women
- Systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater
- Fasting glucose of 100 mg/dL or greater
The Mayo Clinic says:
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. Having more than one of these might increase your risk even more.
If you have metabolic syndrome or any of its components, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.
Metabolic Syndrome (MS) means your biochemistry is NOT operating properly. The 64 thousand dollar question is why does this happen. No one is born with metabolic syndrome, although there are quite a few Metabolic Diseases or Disorders one can be born with. MS is not one of them. Therefore, a child born without MS gets it somewhere along the way. In order to answer the question of “why” some understanding of biochemistry in order. And that is not an easy task to blog. So, instead, throughout this blog I will be piecing the puzzle pieces together for you bit by bit. If you stay turned, you will start to understand why >65% of the population now has MS.