Do you know your heart disease risk?

Metabolic syndrome is a growing epidemic, which if not treated can give rise to more serious health-related complications such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. It is considered that an individual has metabolic syndrome when he/she presents at least 3 of the following risk factors:

1) overweight with a large waistline due to abdominal fat 

2) high triglycerides levels in blood

3) low HDL cholesterol levels

4) high blood pressure, and

5) high fasting glucose levels.

Generally, these risk factors are a consequence of unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise, although some genetic conditions, or the intake of certain medications, may also increase your risk (such as hereditary hypercholesterolemia, or familiar diabetes). Also, women are more susceptible to metabolic syndrome than men, especially those with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart disease. The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCAP) of the NIH has developed an online calculator (http://static.heart.org/riskcalc/app/index.html#!/baseline-risk) that allows users to estimate their level of risk to develop heart disease in the next decade:

High risk: User already presents heart disease or diabetes, and if the online risk score is >20%.

Moderately high risk: User presents two or more metabolic syndrome-related risk factors, and online score is 10-20%.

Moderate risk: User presents two or more metabolic syndrome-related risk factors, and online score is <10%.

Lower risk: User presents 0-1 risk factors.

Fortunately, it is possible to reduce your risk level, by changing one´s lifestyle. This includes adopting a healthy diet, performing physical exercise regularly, and when necessary, consuming medications or supplements to help lose weight and improve risk factors. In this sense, Metabolaid® can help consumers lose weight faster, while also improving cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar. Therefore, this product is an ideal companion for consumers with metabolic syndrome that wish to change their lifestyle habits to lead a longer, healthier life, as well as reduce their risk to develop heart disease.

Jonathan Jones, PhD

New Product Development Manager

 

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