What is Metabolic Disease?
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, metabolic syndrome “is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.”
To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, patients must have at least three risk factors. Common metabolic risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- A large waistline
- High triglyceride levels
- Low HDL cholesterol levels
The more metabolic risk factors you have, the greater your risk for heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. These conditions are also closely linked to obesity and lack of physical activity.
At MetroMD, we can help treat metabolic disease by creating a treatment plan to tackle these conditions. Lifestyle changes, such as exercising more and eating healthier, can help to eliminate these risk factors.
Regular exercise can help to shed any extra pounds that you may have. This can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and even improve insulin resistance, which may put you at risk for diabetes. Our team can help to create an individualized exercise plan to fit your lifestyle.
Eating a healthy diet can also help to improve your blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin resistance. A diet that is low in fats, cholesterol, and salt, and high in lean protein, veggies, fruits, and whole grains, can cut your risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. At MetroMD, we can create a unique diet plan to help eliminate your risk factors.
While smoking cigarettes is not considered a risk factor for metabolic disease, it can increase your risk for heart disease. Speak to your doctor about ways to help quit smoking.
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If you are located in the Hollywood or Los Angeles, CA area and are interested in learning more about metabolic disease and treatments, contact MetroMD today to schedule a consultation. For more information, visit our blog page.