Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of the most dangerous medical markers, which together or independently, raise a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, vascular or neurological complications such as stroke. Your doctor can order a blood test and talk to you about the results.
If you tick off 3 of the following 5 medical markers below, you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome.
Don't despair! You can improve your medical markers by changing your lifestyle behaviours (stress, sleep, physical activity) and food choices.
Its good to know you metabolic numbers and monitor them - for example, I have a blood test each year just after my birthday. I started a yearly testing and consulting with a good doctor when I turned 50, as my dad had a triple coronary bypass at 51 (he had been training for marathons/quite fit at this time). My mother has high blood pressure, so keeping track of my metabolic markers helps motivate me to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid chronic diseases that are in my genetic makeup.