Metabolic Syndrome

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Approximately 47 million Americans have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.

Cooper Health: The Cooper Clinic Magazine, Spring 2006, 8-10.

Risk Factor Criteria
Abdominal obesity (waist circumference)
Women: > 88 cm (35")
Men: > 102 cm (40")
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
Women: <40 mg / dL (1.29 mmol /L)
Men: < 50 mg / dL (1.04 mmol / L)
Triglycerides >150 mg / dL (1.69 mmol / L)
Fasting glucose >110 mg / dL (6.1 mmol / L)
Blood pressure > 130/85 mmHg

Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed when three or more risk factors are present.

National Institutes of Health 2001. NIH Publication No 01-3670.

Metabolic Syndrome has traditionally included:

  • Heart Disease
  • Lipid Problems
  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Some authorities now also associate the following disorders with Metabolic Syndrome:

  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Polystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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