For people with metabolic syndrome, the risk of developing heart disease can be a concern. Here’s how you can help keep your heart healthy:
Control high blood pressure. One characteristic of metabolic syndrome is when one or both blood pressure numbers are higher than 130/85 mm Hg. According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure numbers of 140/90 mm Hg or higher are considered high blood pressure, or hypertension. To keep your numbers down:
Lose weight, if needed.
Limit saturated fat, salt, and cholesterol in your diet.
Get regular exercise.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Take any prescribed medication as directed.
Keep your cholesterol in check. Having high blood cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia, increases the risk for heart disease. A high level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol or triglycerides are risk factors. It’s possible to have a low level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease.
If you need cholesterol-lowering medication, take it as prescribed. The same steps that help control blood pressure can help keep cholesterol in line.
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