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Metabolic Syndrome

Overview

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that put you at risk for heart disease and diabetes. These conditions are

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar levels
  • High levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood
  • Low levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, in your blood
  • Too much fat around your waist
Not all doctors agree on the definition or cause of metabolic syndrome. The cause might be insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone your body produces to help you turn sugar from food into energy for your body. If you are insulin resistant, too much sugar builds up in your blood, setting the stage for disease.

Source: MedlinePlus

Note: This topic was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

Recommended Reading

Mayo Clinic
This site includes information on what metabolic syndrome is, its signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, medical help, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and self-care.

MedlinePlus
This site, also available in Spanish, provides a short definition of metabolic syndrome and a number of links to reputable sites to find out more subject-specific information.

American Heart Association
This site gives an overview of metabolic syndrome and links to information about the conditions that it may cause.

WebMD
This site provides a topic overview and simple explanations about metabolic syndrome, its symptoms, risk factors and treatment.

Local Resources

Search for a Primary Care Physician, HealthInfoSource.com
To find out if you have or are at risk for developing metabolic syndrome, see your primary care physician. Your doctor can diagnose the condition and start you on a treatment plan, which usually involves seeing a nutritionist and beginning an exercise program. Some patients with metabolic syndrome may require medications to decrease blood pressure, lower triglycerides or increase their good cholesterol levels.

Poudre River Public Library District
Search the library collection for books about metabolic syndrome, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.

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