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Metabolic Syndrome

Many individuals have never heard of Metabolic Syndrome, but is has been around since 1988, when it was first brought to light by a Standford University researcher. It is estimated to affect one in every four Americans. It can, if left unchecked, predispose a person to a potential for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Syndrome X , as it is called , is a cluster of 5 symptoms; an individual only needs to display three of the five to qualify as having Syndrome X. How do you measure up ?

Symptom Men Women
Waist circumference > or equal 40 inches > or equal 35 inches
Triglycerides > or equal 150 mg/dl > or equal 150 mg/dl
HDL Cholesterol < or equal 40 mg/dl < or equal 50 mg/dl
Blood pressure >or equal 130/85 or use
of medication for hypertension
>or equal 130/85 or use
of medication for hypertension
Fasting glucose > or equal 100mg/dl or use
of medication for high blood glucose
> or equal 100mg/dl or use
of medication for high blood glucose