Decrease Cardiac Risk by eliminating metabolic syndrome. What is Metabolic Syndrome? Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors that increases your risk for health problems, including serious conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. These rob you of your good years. The best news is that you can make some simple changes to decrease your risk factors and LIVE YOUNGER.
Metabolic syndrome is present if three or more of the following criteria are present:
- Waist circumference of 40 inches (102 centimeters) or more for men and 35 inches (89 centimeters) or more for women
- Blood pressure over 130/85 mmHg or if you are taking blood pressure medications
- Fasting triglyceride (TG) level over 150 mg/dL or if you are receiving treatment for high TG
- Fasting high-density lipoprotein (HDL – the beneficial cholesterol) less than 40 mg/dL for men or less than 50 mg/dL for women or if you are receiving treatment for low HDL
- Elevated fasting blood sugar of at least 100 mg/dL or if you are taking medications to control your blood sugar
Your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke increases as the number of risk factors increases. The risk is closely linked to overweight and not enough physical activity. Sadly, it may soon overtake smoking as the #1 risk factor for heart disease.
Lifestyle changes can help you prevent or delay Metabolic Syndrome. A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment and I’ve never met anyone who regretted the benefits.
- Get moving! Exercise improves blood pressure and improves blood sugar levels. Take the stairs, park farther away, or walk at the park with a friend. Commit to 30 minutes of movement at least three times a week and everyday if possible.
- Decrease Carbohydrates. If you choose to eat dessert, then eat only half. Eat fewer white foods like flour, sugar, pasta, and rice. Note: This list doesn’t include cauliflower!
- Eat more healthy fats. Avocado, coconut oil, and nuts decrease your appetite and lower triglycerides.
- Eat natural, unprocessed salt like Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt that contain essential minerals. High blood pressure is not all about salt intake as many people have thought.
- Incorporate two cups of raw vegetables into your day. Cut them up in the morning or the night before and munch on them throughout the day.
- Choose friends that also want to LIVE YOUNGER.
Small changes yield big results. START SOMEWHERE today with just one small change to Decrease Cardiac Risk factors. You can do it.