There are several serious complications of Metabolic Syndrome. I think Metabolic Syndrome itself would be easier to remember if it were about a specific condition. Instead, it is about a combination of conditions.
“Metabolic Syndrome” is the common term for a combination of conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess belly fat, and abnormal triglyceride levels. It can increase your risk for we all want to avoid; diseases like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. It’s a serious condition that can lead to early death if left untreated. There are several complications of metabolic syndrome that we all need to aware of.
Here are some of the potential complications of Metabolic Syndrome if it goes undiagnosed and untreated.
* Atherosclerosis – When plaque builds up in your arteries causing narrowing of your arteries, it’s called atherosclerosis. The plaque is usually formed by a build-up of fat and cholesterol. When your arteries are clogged like this, it will reduce the oxygen level in your blood which causes your blood supply to become restricted too. If untreated, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
* Diabetes – Characterized by high blood sugar. diabetes can be type I or type II. Type I is considered irreversible insulin-dependent diabetes, however current nutritional studies find dietary changes can have a positive impact on even Type I which is good news! Type II can often be treated with diet and exercise and other medications instead of insulin. There are many health problems associated with diabetes.. It can lead to eye damage, nerve damage, kidney disease and in some cases, even limb amputation.
* Heart Attack – Due to clogged arteries you could suffer a heart attack. Did you know only 24 percent of patients survive a heart attack?. Survival rates can be as low as six percent for patients who experience a heart attack while not admitted to a hospital. It’s important to control issues with metabolic syndrome if you want to avoid a heart attack.
* Kidney Disease – The primary cause of kidney disease is the previously mentioned adult onset diabetes or Type II diabetes. If you urinate frequently, you cannot empty your bladder, and you get a lot of urinary infections or have an enlarged prostate, be sure to have your doctor check for kidney disease.
* Stroke – When you have a sudden interruption of blood supply in your brain in the form of a blockage, it can lead to stroke. Some strokes are also caused by burst blood vessels, however, most strokes related to metabolic syndrome are caused by blockages.
* Fatty Liver Disease – Your liver helps your body digest food properly. It stores energy and removes poisons from your bloodstream too. If you develop fatty liver disease, it simply means that fat has built up in your liver. This is a common condition for alcoholics, but it also happens in people with metabolic syndrome. It can lead to cirrhosis and is life-threatening.
* Peripheral Artery Disease – Also known as PAD, this condition means that you aren’t getting enough circulation to your limbs. It can be a precursor to stroke and heart attack. In extreme cases, some people are at risk of limb amputation if left untreated.
* Cardiovascular Disease – Any issue involving the heart or blood vessels of the coronary artery is considered a cardiovascular disease. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
These deadly illnesses and more can be attributed to complications of metabolic syndrome. If you have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, extra fat around your waist, high triglyceride levels, and low levels of good cholesterol (HDL), it’s quite possible you have metabolic syndrome.
There is good news however, and you can treat Metabolic Syndrome effectively with diet and exercise! Check out my program, The Anti-Diet Solution to find out how to get started moving your health and wellness in the right direction and away from Metabolic Syndrome. You can improve your health, so what are you waiting for?
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Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
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