Metabolic Syndrome

Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Recognising its symptoms is crucial for early detection and intervention. Here are the key indicators:

  • Obesity: 

Characterised by excessive body fat, often measured by body mass index (BMI>30) or increased waist circumference.

  • Hypertension: 

Consistent elevation in blood pressure levels, increasing the risk of cardiovascular complications.

  • Dyslipidaemia: 

Abnormal levels of lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood, contributing to arterial plaque buildup.

  • Hyperglycaemia (Elevated blood sugar levels)

 High insulin levels leading to impaired glucose tolerance and Type 2 Diabetes

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Insulin resistance: 

Reduced sensitivity to insulin by fat cells, a hormone essential for blood sugar regulation.

  • Central obesity: 

Excessive fat accumulation around the abdomen, a significant risk factor for metabolic disturbances such as Type 2 Diabetes.

  • Sedentary lifestyle: 

Lack of physical activity, exacerbating metabolic risk factors.

  • Genetic predisposition: 

Family history of metabolic disorders increases the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.

Early detection through symptom recognition and appropriate lifestyle modifications can significantly reduce the risk of complications associated with metabolic syndrome. 

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