Got 20 minutes? That’s all it takes to learn what the future may hold for your health. One quick screening can catch several common health problems early on, before they become serious (and costly). And many companies today offer it to their workers for free.
It’s called metabolic syndrome screening. Below, you’ll find out what metabolic syndrome is and what a screening involves. Plus, if you’re told you have metabolic syndrome, you’ll learn steps you can take to improve your health.
Metabolic syndrome refers to the group of conditions that lead to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Nearly one in four Americans is at high risk ― and many of us don’t even know it.
The screening measures five things: your waistline, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol level, triglyceride level and fasting blood sugar. If three or more factors are outside the normal range, you have metabolic syndrome. Here’s more information about each factor:
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First of all, don’t panic. A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is your early warning alarm. By acting now, you may avoid a serious health crisis like a heart attack or stroke. Depending on your health history, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following steps:
If you get a metabolic syndrome screening through work, you’ll receive a report listing your risk factors and discussing what you can do to lessen those risks in easy-to-understand terms. You can also talk to your doctor about what lifestyle changes you should be focusing on. If lifestyle changes don’t work, prescription medications are available to help control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
By taking control of your health, you can feel better and save money. You can even reduce your risk of heart attack by 80%. And who doesn’t have time for that?
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