Metabolic Syndrome in “Normal Weight” Americans

The Metabolic Syndrome

The medical journal Diabetes Care in 2004 stated, “Individuals in the upper normal-weight and slightly overweight BMI range (i.e. BMI of 24-27) have a relatively high prevalence and are at increased risk of having the metabolic syndrome. Therefore, screening in individuals with normal or slightly elevated BMI is important in the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.” Normal BMI (body mass index) is 20-24, overweight 25-29 and obese is greater than 30. The article refers to what is called “metabolically obese normal weight individuals”. Metabolically obese means the following criteria:

  • elevated blood sugar greater than 100 mg/dl),
  • blood pressure >130/85),
  • triglycerides >150 mg/dl),
  • waist circumference over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women measured at the level of the belly button
  • low LDL below 40 mg/dl for men and <50 mg/dl for women.

So why is this important? Metabolic Syndrome confers:

ü A 2-fold increase in relative risk for heart disease.

ü A 5-fold increase in risk for developing type II diabetes in individuals without established diabetes.

So doctors should be telling their “normal weight” patients who meet the above criteria that they are “metabolically obese” and on the road to heart disease and diabetes. The pot belly, beer belly, baby belly (when there is no baby) and “love handles” are signs of possible metabolic obesity. Metabolic Syndrome is a lifestyle disease and the treatment should not require medications. “All patients diagnosed with metabolic syndrome should be encouraged to change their diet and exercise habits as primary therapy” according to the journal American Family Physician in 2004.

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