Herewith a wonderful write up on Metabolic Syndrome, a medical condition that sadly seems to be gaining in popularity. Dr. Jonathan gives a superb explanation of it and what you can do to avoid succumbing to it.
The diagnosis metabolic syndrome dates back to the 1950’s. It became more popular around the late 1970’s when the low fat diets first became popular. Today, it is a diagnosis used regularly to define an ever growing percentage of our population. We doctors make it sound like a “disease” requiring our intervention to overcome this life threatening syndrome. In reality, it is a state of dysfunction caused PRIMARILY by the consumer.
What is Metabolic Syndrome? It is a state of diminishing health based on an individual diagnosed with any three of the following five conditions:
elevated blood pressure (≥ 130/85mmHg)
elevated fasting blood sugar (≥100mg/dL)
excess body fat around the waste (abdominal obesity >35 inches in women and >40 inches in men)
HDL cholesterol ≤40 mg/dL for men or 50 mg/dL for women
elevated triglycerides (≥150 mg/dL)
In real numbers, these conditions exist in the United States population as follows:
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