Hi everyone, Dr Cris here with the Ask Dr Cris Show. Today’s question is about metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X. What is it? What can I do to prevent it?
It is actually a growing problem in our society in general. It is a condition that has three parts to it, somebody is gaining weight around their mid-section, their cholesterol levels are going up, their blood pressure is going up and their sugar levels are going up. So, it is certainly a triple whammy. You don’t want to have this condition, it leads to a lot of problems with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, feeling very unwell and fatty liver disease. How do you prevent it from happening? Certainly having a diet that is in moderation obviously reducing alcohol and coffee, having a diet that has got lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and getting enough sleep, rest and exercise. All the things that we know we should be doing will help prevent Syndrome X or metabolic syndrome. It can be tested in the clinic and it is something your Doctor can easily screen through just one simple blood test and by taking your blood pressure. It can run in families and you can have a genetic susceptibility so all the more reason to be very diligent with your health if you have noticed there is a genetic susceptibility to the apply shape body type and some of those different health issues that can come with that. Thank you so much for your question. It is a very common question and a growing issue and it is something that I think, as a nation, is important for us to try and address before it becomes even more of a problem than it already is.
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