Metabolic Syndrome

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that, when occurring together, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about metabolic syndrome in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors for heart disease. You may have metabolic syndrome if you are overweight and have high blood pressure and high levels of sugar or fats in your blood. Many patients with adult-onset diabetes also have metabolic syndrome.

With each risk factor you have, your risk for heart disease goes up. If you have all of the risk factors, you are six times as likely to get heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome happens when you dont get enough exercise and you eat a diet with too many calories and too much saturated fat. You can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes by changing some habits, stopping smoking and losing weight.

Not being active is the biggest risk factor for heart disease. If you dont already exercise, start by walking for 10 minutes every day.

Eating a healthier diet can also reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and affect how you feel.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.