by the experts at Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals
To answer that question, start by looking down: If you are carrying excess weight in your abdomen, you possess one of the two primary risk factors for a condition that, according to the National Institutes of Health, can raise your risk for developing coronary artery disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.
An individual may have metabolic syndrome if he or she possesses a collection of risk factors related to heredity and lifestyle. Coupled with obesity, an inability to correctly use insulin to regulate blood sugar in the body is an important risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Other risk factors for the condition include aging, genetic predisposition, hormone changes, and sedentary lifestyle.
If you are one of the as many as 25 percent of U.S. adults who have metabolic syndrome, you should work with your internal medicine physician to manage the condition through exercise, medication, and careful monitoring of your weight, blood pressure, and other risk factors.
Learn more about metabolic syndrome by attending a unique weight loss and healthy living speaker series that runs through May. This free community program is sponsored by Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's Hospitals. For more information, contact Sacred Heart Hospital's Center for Healthy Living at 715-717-1600.