Treating metabolic syndrome requires addressing several conditions together. My Life Check provides a scoring tool and checklist with seven key heart-healthy targets for improving the quality and length of your life. Life's Simple 7™ will improve your overall cardiovascular health and greatly improve the individual conditions that make up metabolic syndrome.
Here's what you can do starting today:
- Eat better. Adopt a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, skinless poultry and non-fried fish, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Avoid processed foods, which are often high in saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugar.
- Get active. Incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderately vigorous physical activity into your weekly routine. Walking is the easiest place to start, but you may want to experiment to find something else you like to do that gets your heart rate up. If needed, break your exercise up into several short, sessions throughout the day to reach your goal.
- Lose weight. Reduce your risk for heart disease by successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Learn your recommended calorie intake, the amount of food calories you're consuming, and the energy calories you're burning off with different levels of physical activity. Balance healthy eating with a healthy level of exercise to reach your goals.
When changes in lifestyle alone do not control the conditions related to metabolic syndrome, your health practitioner may prescribe medications to control blood pressure, cholesterol, and other symptoms. Carefully following your practitioner's instructions can help prevent many of the long term effects of metabolic syndrome. Every step counts and your hard work and attention to these areas will make a difference in your health!
Download our printable Answers by Heart sheet: What is Metabolic Syndrome? (PDF)
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