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Preventing Metabolic Syndrome with Weight Loss

 

According to a recent report on obesity trends by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 34% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. Amongst that percentage, over 50 million overweight Americans suffer from Metabolic Syndrome, a medical condition known to precede more serious health risks.


What is Metabolic Syndrome?

 

Metabolic Syndrome is a medical condition that causes the body to actively block insulin, causing a rise in insulin and blood sugar levels. Insulin is responsible for controlling the creation of blood sugar in the body. Metabolic syndrome essentially stops insulin from performing its primary task, causing an increase in blood sugar. If not prevented or properly treated, metabolic syndrome can lead to diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.


Who is at Risk?

 

There is no one single cause of metabolic syndrome. Medical studies have shown that metabolic syndrome arises from a combination of factors, all of which are related to obesity. The condition tends to develop in people with excess weight around the mid-section of the body (commonly referred to as an “apple” or “pear” shape). High blood pressure, physical inactivity, and aging are also major factors related to metabolic syndrome. Doctors determine the condition in patients through various tests, measuring the blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol levels. Those with the condition tend to have blood pressure equal to or greater than 130/85 mmHg. Men with a waist circumference or 40 inches or more are at risk of developing the condition, while women are considered at-risk starting at 35 inches.


Treatment and Prevention

 

Metabolic syndrome is a serious condition but can be treated. Weight loss is by far the strongest factor in prevention and treatment of this condition. Those with the condition should work to lose between 7 and 10 percent of their body fat. The likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome drops significantly for anyone with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or lower. To prevent metabolic syndrome, doctors suggest exercising at least 30 minutes a day and eating a diet that is low in fat and high in protein.


Typical fad diets tend to focus solely on weight loss. Such diets may not benefit overall body health and are unlikely to prevent the development of metabolic syndrome. The Boca Health diet was designed by expert weight loss doctors with each individual’s overall health in mind. With the combination of smart diet plans, regular exercise, and medical weight loss treatment, the Boca Health Diet can play a crucial role in weight loss and the prevention of metabolic syndrome.


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