How is metabolic syndrome X treated?

Treatments for metabolic syndrome X include changes to your life and medications to address individual symptoms of metabolic syndrome X. The easiest way to treat metabolic syndrome X is to make changes to your diet, increase your amount of daily physical activity, and remove unhealthy habits.

Eating a well balanced diet will not only help you address the excess fat around your midsection, it will also help your body work more efficiently, thus reducing stress on your heart and other organs. Increasing your activity level will increase the amount of calories you burn as well as improve your cardiovascular health. Weight loss has been shown to greatly reduce your likelihood of diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you smoke or drink excessively it may be necessary for you to quit those habits. Drinking excessively is shown to add to excess weight around your waist and smoking cigarettes has been linked to your body's inability to process insulin. If making changes to your life does not address the conditions associated with metabolic syndrome X then medication to individually treat your elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, larger midsection, and high blood sugar may be necessary.

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