Metabolic Syndrome

Last Updated: April 22, 2019

Definition - What does Metabolic Syndrome mean?

Metabolic syndrome refers to a series of risk factors in the health of a person. Metabolic syndrome can include medical conditions such as obesity, insulin resistance, physical inactivity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein levels (HDL). Metabolic syndrome is a serious health conditions that can lead to heart failure, stroke, lipodystrophy, peripheral vascular disease or Type 2 diabetes.

WorkplaceTesting explains Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is thought to be caused by an underlying disorder of energy utilization and storage. Factors that can lead to metabolic syndrome include:

  • Stress
  • Overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Aging

Workplace programs, such as a wellness and health promotion program, include policies and standards that deal with the underlying causes of metabolic syndrome in order to avoid health complications in the employees of a company or organization. Prevention strategies can include:

  • Promotion of physical activity
  • Healthy nutrition
  • Support of a health lifestyle
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