Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors linked to conditions such as being overweight or obese that can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other related conditions. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning.

Five conditions considered metabolic risk factors for heart disease. Anyone may acquire any of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together. When a person is diagnosed with at least three of these factors, metabolic syndrome is diagnosed:

  1. A large waistline. Excess fat in the abdominal area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  2. A higher than normal triglyceride level in the blood.
  3. A lower than normal level of HDL cholesterol in the blood.
  4. High blood pressure.
  5. Higher than normal fasting blood sugar. Mildly high blood sugar can be an early warning sign of diabetes.

The more of these risk factors a person has, the greater the chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, or stroke. Generally, someone with metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone without metabolic syndrome. Roughly one in four American adults has metabolic syndrome, and the growing rate is closely connected to the increase in obesity among adults.

Lifestyle changes, regular exercise, and a healthy diet can help prevent or delay metabolic syndrome, according to experts. The American Heart Association recommends maintaining a desirable weight, increased physical activity, and healthy eating habits including reduced intake of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. Supplements can also be helpful.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) have extensive health benefits, particularly associated with cardiovascular health. Depleted CoQ10 has been associated with a range of heart conditions (including arrhythmias, strokes, hypertension, heart attacks, and atherosclerosis), and CoQ10 can help prevent and treat these conditions. It also is associated with helping to prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. AlivEL 100™ can help increase metabolic rates. Studies have shown that some tocotrienols (including those found in some forms of vitamin E can have significant effects on the reduction of triglycerides and blood glucose levels. Green tea has been shown in some studies to reduce markers of metabolic syndrome. Resveratrol and other grape compounds have been positively linked to fighting heart disease and other conditions. Pine bark extract is thought to have heart health benefits, and in at least one study has been linked positively to contributing to avoidance of metabolic syndrome. And vitamin D is proving to be important to and have a corrective influence on some of the facets of metabolic syndrome.

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