Metabolic Syndrome

People who have a group of symptoms, which may include carrying excess weight in the belly or upper body, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and low HDL, are considered to have metabolic syndrome. It is estimated that 45% of Americans over the age of 50 have metabolic syndrome, and over 30% of all adults have the condition. Other names for the condition include dysmetabolic syndrome, insulin resistance syndrome, and syndrome X. Now, the PBS show The DASH Diet with Marla Hellershows you how to reverse or prevent metabolic syndrome.

Specifically, people who have 3 or more of these symptoms have metabolic syndrome:

  1. Waist larger than 40" for men, and 35" for women.
  2. Triglycerides over 150.
  3. HDL less than 40 for men, and less than 50 for women.
  4. Blood pressure greater than 130 systolic and/or 85 diastolic.
  5. Fasting blood sugar (glucose) greater than 100.

Conventional advice to eat a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet will probably aggravate this condition. A plan that contains moderate protein, lower carbohydrates, and moderate heart-healthy fats is more appropriate to improve this condition.

Goals for managing and reversing metabolic syndrome include weight loss(especially belly fat), increased exercise, limiting alcohol intake, and stopping smoking. Our books include 2 healthy low-carb plans, The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution and The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (which are actually low only in empty-calorie "junk" carbs, and is rich in nutrient-dense, high fiber carbs) are helpful for people who are struggling with metabolic syndrome. And the The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook supports healthy eating that emphasizes vegetables, while cutting back on refined, processed foods.