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5 Signs You Might Have a Metabolic Disorder

A metabolic syndrome is not a condition per se but rather a set of risk factors that are linked to a higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. The condition can lead to the development of more serious illnesses, so it can be quite serious. And because the American Heart Association notes that 23 percent of adults currently have it, it’s not an uncommon condition.

At the offices of Ana Maria Kausel MD Endocrinology, we’re dedicated to improving and maintaining your health and wellbeing. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide on metabolic syndrome and the five signs that you need to look out for.  

The five signs 

When diagnosing a metabolic disorder, we generally check to see if a patient exhibits at least three of the following signs:

A large waist

Carrying excess fat around your waist, in particular, is a large risk factor. This means at least 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men. 

A high triglyceride level

This is determined by  a blood test that’s used to gauge the amount of triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood. Levels are high when you consume more fat than your body needs. We look for levels that are over 150 milligrams per deciliter or 1.7 grams per liter.   

Reduced HDL or “good” cholesterol

In your body, you have good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol accumulates in your arteries, whereas good cholesterol scavenges and removes it, keeping the bad cholesterol from building up in your arteries. We look for levels that are lower than 40 milligrams per deciliter in men and less than 50 in women.   

Increased blood pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition where the force of your blood against your artery walls is strong enough, over a long period of time, to cause health problems, most commonly heart disease. This problem is one that develops slowly over the years, so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. We look for levels that are 130/85 mm Hg or higher.    

Elevated fasting blood sugar

A fasting blood test is a blood test that’s taken when you haven’t had anything to eat for an extended period of time, usually done before breakfast in the morning. Because your blood sugar usually peaks about an hour after you eat, doing a blood test when you haven’t eaten gives us the most accurate results. We are concerned when your levels are over 100 milligrams per deciliter.  

Metabolic syndrome can lead to a host of serious health problems, so it’s important to seek medical treatment sooner rather than later. To make an appointment, call us or book a time directly on our website today. 

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