Diabetes

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a group of health conditions and mostly cardiovascular risk factors that puts people at higher risk of developing heart disease, other heart-related problems, and Type 2 Diabetes.

By having three or more of the following conditions you can be considered to have metabolic syndrome:

The more conditions you have, the higher your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

There is still some debate about what causes metabolic syndrome. Some researchers believe the cause may be related to insulin resistance. Genetics, older age and lifestyle - including a high-fat diet and inactivity - also appear to play a role.

Reduce the Risks

The good news is that even modest improvements in eating habits and physical activity have been shown to improve the conditions associated with metabolic syndrome and reduce poor health outcomes. Results from the studies showed that reducing body weight and increasing physical activity could reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in obese people at risk of the disease.

By taking the following steps you can easily improve your lifestyle and help reduce your risks of metabolic syndrome, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes:

Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome Among Hypertensive Patients Attending a Primary Care Clinic in Kuwait

Objective: To determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome among hypertensive patients using the criteria of the National Cholesterol Education Program’s Adult Treatment Panel III in a primary care health center in Kuwait.

Subjects and Methods: A population of 250 Kuwaiti hypertensive patients (129 males and 121 females) over the age of 40 were screened for metabolic syndrome by determining body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, levels of fasting plasma glucose and fasting plasma lipids (serum triglycerides, total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol). The study was carried out in the Mishref Family Practice Health Center, Kuwait, from January to July 2001.

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