June 6, 2005
The growing number of overweight Americans is leading to an increased incidence of metabolic syndrome, a disorder that often includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.
Metabolic syndrome is not a single disease but a cluster of health problems. Experts say the syndrome may be caused by a combination of genes and lifestyle factors including overeating and lack of physical activity.
According to the National Institutes of Health, metabolic disorder may be present if a person has any three or more of the following symptoms:
A waist measuring greater than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women
Triglyceride levels equal to or greater than 150 milligrams per deciliter
HDL (good cholesterol) levels of less than 40 milligrams per deciliter in men and less than 50 milligrams per deciliter in women
Blood pressure 130/85 milligrams of mercury or higher
Blood sugar 110 milligrams per deciliter or higher.
If you find that you fall into three or more of these categories, contact your physician or registered dietitian to learn more about metabolic syndrome and how to treat it.
Produced by ADA’s Public Relations Team
Posted by Lisa at June 6, 2005 10:11 AM
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