If you have a tendency to overeat or not get much exercise, you could find yourself putting on weight in your midsection. Fat in this area can be hard to get rid of, prompting a variety of different diet crazes and weight loss devices. Unfortunately, it can also be indicative of a bigger problem known as metabolic syndrome, which could put you at risk for diabetes and heart disease. At CCOM Medical Group, our endocrinology physicians can run the tests needed to help diagnose this condition, while recommending the most effective treatments.

Diagnosing Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is actually a cluster of conditions that combine to increase your risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which also increases your risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic state that it generally involves the following:

  • Increases in blood pressure;
  • High blood sugar;
  • Abnormal levels of cholesterol or triglycerides;
  • High concentration of body fat, particularly in the waist.

Along with the above, you may experience symptoms such as blurred vision, increased thirst and urination, and excessive fatigue. To diagnose metabolic syndrome, your doctor will generally run some basic blood tests, checking blood sugar and triglyceride levels, while monitoring your blood pressure and waist circumference.

Treatment Options Available

There are medications your doctor may recommend to lower your blood pressure and blood glucose or cholesterol levels. They will likely also recommend healthy lifestyle changes for you to make at home. The American Heart Association states that there are three simple actions you can take today to address metabolic syndrome and reduce your heart attack risks:

  • Eat right. Consider a diet full of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and lean proteins, rather than relying on processed foods.
  • Get exercise. Get regular exercise in the form of walks or mild workouts, such as yoga, pilates, or working on weight machines.
  • Lose weight. Of course, this is easier said than done, but if you follow instructions for eating right and exercise, the weight may come off faster than you think.

Remember, never begin any diet or exercise regimen without checking with your doctor first. To discuss your risk factors and the tests that can help determine whether you have metabolic syndrome, contact CCOM Medical Group and request an appointment in our Muskogee, Oklahoma office today.