How You Can Use New Information to Stay Healthy?
Have you heard of the condition Metabolic Syndrome? Sometimes it's referred to as Syndrome X. Some experts talk about it as the #1 public health issue in the U.S. The estimates are that approximately 1/3 of the population of the U.S. has it!
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of findings that together point to a higher risk for many of the serious health issues that we hear about on a daily basis. You or someone you know has it if the 3 out of the following 5 risk factors are met.
1. abdominal obesity, with a waist measurement greater than a hip measurement.
2. triglyceride levels over 150
3. fasting glucose over 110
4. H.D.L. (the protective cholesterol), less than 40 for men and less than 50 for women
5. elevated blood pressure over 135/80
*(Personally, I feel that triglyceride levels and fasting blood glucose should be less than 100)
The criteria above has been eloquently described as Diabesity by Dr. Francine Kaufman M.D., in her book by the same name. She writes, "Diabesity describes the obesity-diabetes epidemic where our ancient genes and our modern environment have collided. " She goes on to say that "metabolic syndrome imperils human existence as we know it." Keep Reading