Metabolic Syndrome / Diabetes


Metabolic syndrome describes a common condition in which obesity, high blood pressure, blood glucose (“blood sugar”), and abnormal cholesterol profile (dyslipidemia) cluster together in one person. When these risk factors occur together, the chance of developing coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes is much greater than when these risk factors develop independently. According to the American Heart Association, almost 25% of Americans are affected by metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a serious health condition that affects about 34 percent of adults and places them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls. The underlying causes of metabolic syndrome include overweight and obesity, physical inactivity and genetic factors.

Metabolic syndrome is a serious condition, that can be improved with changes to lifestyle, including weight loss, increased physical activity, heart healthy diet and management of blood glucose, blood cholesterol and blood pressure.

Risks associated with Metabolic Syndrome:

Metabolic syndrome is also associated with a generalized metabolic disorder called insulin resistance, which prevents people from using insulin efficiently. Therefore, metabolic syndrome is also sometimes called insulin resistance syndrome.

People with metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for the following:

  1. Uric acid and Metabolic Syndrome:     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736857/pdf/nihms468393.pdf
  2. Lowering Uric Acid and Blood Pressure:  http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/60/5/1148.full.pdf+html