The key sign of metabolic syndrome is central obesity, characterized by adipose tissue around waist and trunk. Other signs include high blood pressure, decreased fasting serum HDL cholesterol, elevated fasting serum triglyceride level, impaired fasting glucose, insulin resistance, or prediabetes, fatty liver.
Metabolic syndrome is closely linked to overweight, inactivity and insulin resistance. In people with insulin resistance, cells don’t respond normally to insulin, and glucose can’t enter the cells as easily.
The following factors contribute to increased risk of having metabolic syndrome:
- Age: Increases with age.
- Obesity: Too much weight, or being obese increases your risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Diabetes: If you’ve had diabetes during pregnancy or family history of type 2 diabetes.
- Other: Cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, stress, sedentary lifestyle.
Medications: Generally, the individual disorders that compose the metabolic syndrome are treated separately. Talk to your doctor to receive medication.
Diet: Dietary carbohydrate restriction reduces blood glucose levels, contributes to weight loss, and reduces the use of several medications that may be prescribed for metabolic syndrome. Talk to our nutritionists and dietitian to develop a tailored diet plan.
Based on your needs, we are available in follow-up consultation sessions to help you in achieving a sustainable lifestyle change and losing that additional weight for good!
A special diet may seem overwhelming at first, but over time, most patients find the guidelines become an unconscious part of their daily routine.