According to a national health survey, over 20% of Americans have metabolic syndrome. This condition is usually common in older individuals, affecting over 40% of the population in their 60s and 70s. If left untreated, it can lead to serious life-threatening diseases, strokes, and more.
A group of five conditions, such as high blood sugar, low HDL, and high blood pressure, often leading to heart conditions, strokes, and other life-threatening diseases, are commonly known as metabolic syndrome. Although there are no well-determined reasons for what causes metabolic syndrome, it has been traced to people with a family history of diabetes mellitus, obesity, and inactivity.
Despite being more common in older people, the following factors can also put you at risk for metabolic disease:
Metabolic syndrome does not always have very clear indications or symptoms. However, one prominent sign is a large waistline. People with metabolic syndrome usually have central obesity. Additionally, you may exhibit high blood sugar symptoms like heightened thirst, increased urge for urination (especially at night), tiredness, and hazy vision, if you have diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome, if left unchecked, can lead to critical health risks like heart diseases, diabetes, and stroke. If you have type-2 diabetes or are experiencing any other risk factors, you should check yourself regularly.
So far, metabolic syndrome has been recorded to have been caused by obesity and inactivity. It has also often been associated with conditions like insulin resistance. Ideally, the digestive system breaks down the food into glucose, which is later used by cells as fuel. The insulin produced by the pancreas assists the glucose in entering the cells and regulating blood sugar levels. For patients with insulin resistance, glucose cannot enter the cells that do not recognize the insulin. This leads to a sharp rise in the blood sugar level even though the body produces more insulin to control it.
The common risk factors include:
Although metabolic syndrome causes various metabolic disorders and can lead to cardiovascular diseases, there is no need to be worried. If you are suffering from metabolic syndrome, modern healthcare solutions can help you successfully overcome or manage the disease.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from one or more symptoms of metabolic syndrome, visit us at MI Express Primary Care for an appointment before it leads to any further complications. Our primary care physician can successfully treat various metabolic syndromes before they get worse.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.