Waist circumference

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Health by Numbers Module 1

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Waist circumference

  1. 1. This is measured to help identify the existence of metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. 
  2. 2.  Having just one of these conditions doesn't mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.
  3. 3.   Diabetes. If you don't make lifestyle changes to control your insulin resistance, your glucose levels will continue to increase. You may develop diabetes as a result of metabolic syndrome. Cardiovascular disease. High cholesterol and high blood pressure can contribute to the buildup of plaques in your arteries. These plaques can cause your arteries to narrow and harden, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metabol ic%20syndrome/DS00522
  4. 4. If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.  Watch the 2 videos in this section to increase your understanding of waist measurement and metabolic syndrome. 

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