The metabolic syndrome is a collection of metabolic risk factors that naturally cluster and predict the future development of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Although the metabolic syndrome is not a disease, it is important to emphasize that treatment is directed at both its root causes and the individual metabolic risk factors. The root causes, prevalent in our society, include poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and progressive weight gain, especially weight around the middle section of the abdomen. Improved life habits that lead to reducing excess weight improve all the metabolic risk factors of the metabolic syndrome.
The metabolic syndrome is defined as the presence of three or more metabolic risk factors:
*These represent the norms for those of European descent; cutoffs may be lower in other ethnic groups.
**Or currently receiving treatment for this level of metabolic risk factor.
For more information regarding metabolic syndrome and the treatments available, contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312-NM-HEART (664-3278), call the Lipid Disorders/Metabolic Syndrome Clinic at 312-695-2714 or request a first time appointment online.