Pathophysiology Of The Metabolic Syndrome And How Can It Be Avoided?

2716 Words Aug 3rd, 2014 11 Pages
Brenda Castolo and Daniela Shvartz
Pathophysiology in Public Health
Chapter 10 and Case Study
Week 3: Small Group Assignment Team 2
John F. Kennedy University
Summer 2014
Editor: Brenda Castolo

1. What is the metabolic syndrome and how can it be avoided? (Brenda)

Metabolic syndrome is defined by our textbook as "A group of metabolic risk factors in one person; these may include: obesity, insulin resistance or intolerance, hypertension, and altherogenic dyslipidemia"(Battle, 2009). Commonly, an individual with metabolic syndrome has specific physical characteristics, such as excess body fat, especially around the waist line. Metabolic syndrome is in fact a "cluster" of various health issues that occur at the same time. In a metabolic syndrome case, not only does the affected individual have to worry about the negative impacts of having high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and high triglyceride levels, but also about the many other serious health complications that can result from these illnesses. For instance, some of the complications that can occur include: kidney disease, strokes, and loss of vision. Age, genetics, preexisting conditions like diabetes, and environmental factors are believed to be some of the causative factors in the development of metabolic syndrome.

Fortunately, metabolic syndrome can be avoided by making simple and sustainable lifestyle modifications like eating healthy and exercising regularly. Moreover, it is important to have…

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