Lo and behold, just a few weeks ago there was an article about
the ADA questioning the existence of Metabolic Syndrome and discouraging doctors from using this terminology. It was speculated that maybe the diabetes associations were trying to protect their turfs.
"Now, the AHA and the NHLBI have released a new statement on the importance of metabolic syndrome. The new statement adjusts the criteria for diagnosing metabolic syndrome slightly (mainly in light of new guidelines for treating cholesterol.) But its main point is to reemphasize the importance of metabolic syndrome and its treatment."
"People who have at least 3 of the following 5 conditions are said to have metabolic syndrome:
Elevated waist circumference (abdominal obesity).
Reduced HDL cholesterol.
Elevated blood pressure.
Elevated fasting glucose."
(I have 4 of those!)
"Let the diabetes associations and cardiology associations fight about
what to call it. Whatever you call it, both diabetes specialists and cardiac specialists agree on the essential point - aggressive therapy of all the abnormal risk factors associated with this syndrome ought to be employed. Failing to do so invites an extraordinarily high risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes."
Happy Grandmommy to Amanda, Alayna, Wyatt and Ezekiel
Post Edited (Kathlyn1950) : 9/26/2005 2:04:34 PM (GMT-6)