Understanding Metabolic Syndrome (Heart Health)
Some people have a group of risk factors known as “metabolic syndrome,” a condition that is often connected to being overweight or obese, and physical inactivity. This cluster of factors increases your risk of heart disease, no matter what your LDL cholesterol level.
People have metabolic syndrome if they have three or more of the following conditions:
A waist measurement of more than 35 inches
Triglycerides of 150 or more
An HDL level of less than 50
Blood pressure of 130/85 or more (either number counts)
Elevated blood sugar
Because having this condition increases your risk, you should make a particularly strong effort to reach and maintain your LDL goal. You should emphasize weight control and physical activity to correct the risk factors of metabolic syndrome.