Metabolic syndrome…a HUGE concern. It is the group of risk factors that are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. More than 90 million Americans are already suffering from a combination of the five risk factors.
These 5 risk factors include:
- Central obesity (apple-shaped body)
- Insulin resistance
- High blood pressure
- High triglyceride levels
- Low HDL levels
The more factors that a person exhibits increases their chance of getting heart disease by 53 percent, stroke by 76 percent and they have a five times greater risk of developing diabetes according to a National Health Statistics report from 2009.
This growing epidemic is caused by a toxic combination of high sugar and high carbohydrate diets and a lack of physical activity. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar a day; however, the average adult eats about 22 teaspoons and the average child about 32 teaspoons daily.
Many people with diabetes and pre-diabetes don’t know where to begin on the journey to wellness. Research has shown that simple lifestyle changes, such as losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight and increasing your physical exercise, can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent.
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