When someone has a cluster of related metabolic conditions, we say the person has metabolic syndrome, sometimes called metabolic disease. Metabolic conditions are connected to your body’s ability to metabolize, or take in, food and water and use those substances to heal, move and grow.
Metabolic syndrome is a very serious health issue. People with the condition are usually overweight and pre-diabetic, meaning they may be close to developing diabetes, a blood-sugar disorder that requires insulin injections. People with metabolic syndrome risk eventually having a heart attack or stroke.
People who are overweight and physically inactive face a high risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Your chances of developing the condition also increase as you age and are higher if you have a family history of metabolic syndrome.
Because metabolic syndrome can lead to very serious heart and vascular problems, Aurora Health Care is diligent about screening for the condition and treating it. When we work with you on controlling metabolic syndrome, you’ll benefit from our:
You have metabolic syndrome if you have three or more of these measurements:
Your doctor may talk to you about metabolic syndrome during an office visit, or suggest additional tests if you appear to be developing contributing factors such as a large waistline.
If you show signs of metabolic syndrome, we might:
Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.
The good news is that you can reverse metabolic syndrome and significantly reduce your risks of developing related heart and vascular problems: