Metabolic syndrome is a huge health issue that affects 1 in 3 American adults. It increases a patient’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. It can also increase a patient’s risk for thrombosis.
Metabolic syndrome is as a series of risk factors that occur together. These risk factors include a combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
The American Heart Association defines it as a combination of three or more of the following measurements:
Metabolic syndrome often develops in patients who struggle with their weight. Genetics also play a large role in metabolic syndrome, as does age. Patients are more at risk as they grow older.
In 2007, a group of researchers from the Medical University Vienna in Austria sought to explore the connection between metabolic syndrome and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Their study, published by the European Hematology Association, concluded that there was an association between metabolic syndrome and participant’s risk of developing VTE.
“The metabolic syndrome may contribute to the development of VTE and is associated with a two-fold increased risk of VTE,” the researchers wrote.
A common tie between metabolic syndrome and VTE appears to be inflammation.
Research currently suggests that inflammation is a cause of thrombosis and researchers are using that connection to prevent thrombosis from occuring.
In metabolic syndrome, scientists have found that patients with metabolic syndrome have high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a marker of low-grade inflammation. This low-grade inflammation is mostly caused by obesity and high blood pressure, according to research out of the University of Porto Medical School.
The best way you can protect yourself from metabolic syndrome, and the health hazards that come with it, is to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are six tips to help:
If you would like to learn more about how you can prevent metabolic syndrome, consider registering for NATF’s 2017 Spring Patient Program on April 13th at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston, MA. Dr. Enrico Cagliero will present on diabetes and metabolic syndrome prevention. Register now to attend.