A syndrome is defined as a group of symptoms that occur together. And metabolism refers to how your body provides energy to support life.
Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of conditions that threaten your health. They are:
- increased blood pressure
- high blood sugar
- excess body fat around the waist
- high triglycerides
- low HDL cholesterol.
A combination of any three of these is known to increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Your doctor can tell you if you meet the criteria – or if you need to begin making changes before you do.
Lifestyle changes are very effective in addressing each of these conditions. Diet and exercise can prevent them from occurring or they can be used as part of the treatment plan once diagnosed. Your new lifestyle plan should be designed to help you lose and keep the weight off. This will involve eating differently and moving more to improve your fitness and strength.
DHAC can help you make these lifestyle changes. Each member of our Exercise Physiology staff holds a degree in Exercise Science. You will find that their expertise and commitment will help you develop a safe and effective approach to weight control.
-Cathy Mullooly, Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health and Athletic Complex