I’m speaking this week at a Bon Secours for Women lecture series at Norfolk Botanical Gardens (Register online today!). My topic is cardiometabolic syndrome. Since I know how busy women can be, I thought I’d touch on a few key points from my presentation for those of you who can’t attend the seminar. (If you have any questions please leave them for me in the comments – I’ll do my best to answer them!)
What is Cardiometabolic Syndrome?
Have you ever heard of this syndrome? Also known as “Syndrome X” and “Metabolic Syndrome,” this syndrome is really a cluster of conditions that tend to run together and that place both men and women at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
Cardiometabolic syndrome is really a constellation of diseases that are all related to one thing… You guessed it! Obesity. If you have two or more of the following (in addition to obesity), you have this syndrome:
- Impaired glucose tolerance (diabetes or prediabetes)
- High blood pressure (>130/80)
- Low HDL (good cholesterol)
- High triglycerides
Why does this matter?
Well, studies have shown that when you have this syndrome, you are at a much higher risk for cardiovascular disease than just having one condition alone, say high blood pressure.
I’ve discussed obesity on my blog in the past. There is an alarming trend of increasing obesity among Americans. About 1 in 4 Virginia residents are obese. As weights continue to rise, more and more health risks are being traced back to obesity. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in our country. Although there are risk factors that can’t be changed, such as genetics, the majority of these conditions can be helped with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
See your primary care physician for your yearly screening that includes blood pressure checks and labwork to screening for diabetes and high cholesterol. You may need medications to help manage your sugars, blood pressure or cholesterol. But only YOU can manage your weight. For weight loss tips, see my previous blogs.
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