Q: My doctor says that I have metabolic syndrome. He put me on high blood pressure medication, a statin for cholesterol and says I need to lose weight. What’s this got to do with metabolic syndrome?
A: Metabolic syndrome means that you have three or more of the following:
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• A waist circumference over 40 inches (for women it’s 35).
• Blood triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dL or more.
• Good HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol level of 40 mg/dL or less (gals, it’s 50 or less).
• Blood pressure of 130 / 85 mm/Hg or more, or you’re taking antihypertensive meds.
• A fasting glucose level of 107 mg/dL or more, or you’re taking diabetes meds.
It also means that you’re likely to develop bodywide inflammation and cardiovascular problems, including stroke.
What’s the solution? A healthier living environment. For starters, we’d like to see:
• The EPA enforce clean water and air programs and help reduce your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals such as BPA that promote obesity and pesticides containing glyphosate.
• A reduction of antibiotics in the food supply. Eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to livestock.
And you, Andre, and anyone with metabolic syndrome, need to make your daily habits healthier by eliminating from your diet all trans fats and most saturated fat, added sugars and syrups, and grain that isn’t 100 percent whole. Plus, get a minimum 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week.
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