Dr. Kimberly Rieniets D.O.

West Denver Endocrinology

720-974-8374

Belmar Plaza, 215 S Wadsworth Blvd, Suite 530
 Lakewood, CO 80226

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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is the classification for a collection of conditions that when combined together increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is also known as:

  • Syndrome X
  • Dysmetabolic syndrome
  • Insulin resistance syndrome

Diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome

More than 40 percent of people in the United States over the age of 60 suffer from metabolic syndrome. This condition is present when there are three or more of the following indications:

  • Blood pressure of 130/85 mm hg or higher
  • A fasting blood sugar of 100 mg/dl or higher
  • A waist circumference of 40 inches or more for men or 35 inches or more for women
  • A triglyceride level greater than or equal to 150 mg/dl
  • Low HDL level - Men under 40 mg/dl; Women under 50 mg/dl

Causes of Metabolic Syndrome

The cause of metabolic syndrome is not quite known because of the different conditions involved, but researchers believe it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Age, race, obesity and a history of diabetes increase the risk of metabolic syndrome.

Treatment and Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome

Regardless of the number of risk factors you may have, regular physical activity and a weight loss plan will help prevent metabolic syndrome. Some of the ways you can reduce your risk are:

  • Losing 5-10 percent of your body weight
  • Exercising a minimum of 30 minutes each day
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Reducing cholesterol levels
  • Making changes to your diet
  • Not smoking

Talk to your doctor to find the treatment plan that is best for you.

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