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METOBOLIC SYNDROME: AM I AT RISK? | KEN L. JOHNSON, RN, BSN

METOBOLIC SYNDROME: AM I AT RISK? | KEN L. JOHNSON, RN, BSN

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METABOLIC SYNDROME | KEN L. JOHNSON, RN, BSN

AM I AT RISK?

METOBOLIC SYNDROME: AM I AT RISK? | KEN L. JOHNSON, RN, BSNMetabolic Syndrome‖? Sounds a bit scary, right? Maybe along the lines of a  sci-fi horror thriller. And therefore, also a bit  complicated as well.  Indeed, while there are certain aspects of this malady that should be of concern for anyone being affected, once one comes to some knowledge and understanding about the  workings of the various factors involved, it becomes much less complicated and actually more simple to confront. So what is Metabolic Syndrome (M.S.)? And what does it entail?  Moreover, what meaning might it hold for you? Let‘s take an informative little quiz to gain some insight and perspective about the matter. Now be  mindful that the learning curve here can be simply met by  answering ‗True‘ or ‗Yes‘ to each question. Are you ready?

Then let‘s go:

1. MS is not a disease in itself, but rather a group of health risk factors as in

1. High Blood Pressure;
2. High Blood Sugar (Glucose) Levels;
3. High Cholesterol Levels;
4. Increased Abdominal  (mid-section) Girth (fat  deposition) and
5. Increased Body Mass Index (BMI) or being overweight for one‘s height.

METOBOLIC SYNDROME-01a2. Does a waist measurement of 40 inches (for men) and 35 inches (for women) or larger, and associative blood  pressure readings of >135/85, and a fasting blood sugar of >100, and a total  cholesterol level >240  combined with a BMI score of >25-35 altogether represent the five (5) signs of MS?

3. Does the risk of having MS tend to rise as one‘s age  advances from 20% in your 40‘s to 35% in your 50‘s to 45% in your 60‘s?

4. Is MS so common that up to 50 million Americans or 1 in every 6 people have it?

5. Is it true that MS is familiar and even  without being obese (BMI >25) people can inherit it from parents or other close relatives?

6. Is it also true that while  looking ―fat‖ might imply risk for MS, only during medical work-up with one‘s doctor checking blood pressure,  glucose and cholesterol levels can a person really know for sure?

7. Do all the above MS risk  factors double one‘s chance of having heart attacks and brain  attacks (strokes)?

8. Do these factors increase by five times normal the risk of one having Type II Diabetes?

9. And lastly, is MS preventable?  So, how did your score come out?

If you got nine ‗yes‘ answers, then you‘ve done great!  Moreover, as you were paying attention to the final question (#9), you came upon the ‗bottom line‘ as they say. You see MS can be easily  prevented and/or amended through some very simple means:

*Regular exercise of 30-60  minutes duration for several times per week will help  decrease BMI through weight  reductions; and lower both  glucose and cholesterol levels.  Remember: ‗a little pain means big gains‘ with MS!

*Eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, while  avoiding ‗fast‘ and processed foods to reduce fat and salt  intake makes good sense. As they say, ―an apple a day…

*If you smoke, stop now! And stay stopped!

*Keep regular exam  appointments  with your doctor, at least until you‘ve gotten back some self control with MS. Now taken as a whole, we can realize that MS is not as scary or  complicated as it seems. And  managing it is quite simple,  indeed. Simply, ―Just do it!

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