What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical conditions that dramatically increase one’s risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is defined as a combination of the following conditions: elevated blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar levels (insulin resistance), obesity (excess body fat) and abnormal cholesterol levels (hyperlipidemia). Studies show that metabolic syndrome occurs in 40% of postmenopausal women.
Weight gain, particularly fat gain around the waist, is a common symptom of hormone imbalance. Obesity and excess fat around the waist increase the risk of metabolic syndrome. Menopause and hormone imbalance also increases insulin resistance, which increases the risk of diabetes. It has also been shown that certain hormones, such as estrogen and thyroid, improve cholesterol levels and that hormone imbalance has been associated with an unhealthy cholesterol profile. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is also a medical condition that is more common in menopausal women with hormone imbalance.
Metabolic syndrome significantly increases your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, but you can take steps to reduce your risk and even reverse the progression of metabolic syndrome. Natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), along with healthy lifestyle changes, will dramatically reduce your risk of developing any of the medical conditions associated with metabolic syndrome, including obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. Along with preventing the development of medical problems, natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy will eliminate all of your unpleasant symptoms of hormone imbalance.
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