Waist circumference is a predictor of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a medical term given to a cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. High blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and large waist circumference are health problems when viewed individually. One or more of these health factors can lead to metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome and COVID-19

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/metabolic-syndrome-coronavirus/2020/11/02/id/994831/. The Mayo Clinic estimates that one-third of Americans have metabolic syndrome. As such, the risk of complications from COVID-19 is increased by 50%. The pre-existing conditions that complicate COVID-19 recovery are obesity, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and cardiovascular conditions (plus many more). https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html.

Causes of Metabolic Syndrome

Overweight and inactive are the two primary causes of metabolic syndrome according to Dr. Gabe Mirkin, author of “The Healthy Heart Miracle.” https://www.drmirkin.com/health/heart/metabolic-syndrome-predicts-heart-attacks-and-diabetes.html

There is speculation that the change in our diet over the past couple of decades is partially to blame. Low-cholesterol and low-fat diets are bad enough but couple those choices with a sedentary lifestyle and you have the beginning of increased risk for metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome Symptoms

https://www.medicinenet.com/metabolic_syndrome/article.htm#what_is_metabolic_syndrome Many sources will tell you that there are no specific symptoms to identify the metabolic syndrome. However, one obvious symptom is your belly’s circumference. Other symptoms may include fatigue, increased thirst, increased urination, and blurred vision.

Metabolic Syndrome Treatment

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263834#treatment Each disease in the cluster adding up to metabolic syndrome has its own treatment. High blood pressure treatments will be different than treating obesity. High cholesterol has a different treatment regimen than kidney disease. Lifestyle changes can improve many aspects of blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney function, and weight management.

Losing weight and exercising has been effective in treating many diseases. Avoid smoking and alcohol can improve health biomarkers.

What about drugs? https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/165124-medication. Antidiabetics, lipid-lowering agents, statins, ACE inhibitors, ARBs (angiotensin II receptor blockers, and antiplatelet agents are commonly used to treat symptoms present in metabolic syndrome. Your doctor will treat the symptoms as they are known.

What about diet? A DASH diet is highly favored by many in the medical community. https://dashdiet.org/. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and nuts are preferred. Avoid or limit red meats, sodium, saturated fats, and sweetened foods and drinks.

Conclusion

Our lifestyle choices determine our health. When we eat nutritionally balanced meals, manage our stress daily, avoid toxins, exercise frequently, drink alcohol in moderation, avoid smoking, and have regular medical examinations, the risk of developing diseases, especially age-related diseases decline greatly.

Choices have consequences. Choose wisely!

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