People who have been diagnosed with syndrome x (also referred to as metabolic syndrome) should take precautions to prevent the onset of severe metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is bad news no matter how you look at it, but it can be controlled and reversed with appropriate lifestyle changes.

Metabolic Syndrome is described as a state of health that takes place in a person when they experience three or more of a group of risk factors. These risk factors include an “apple shape” or large waistline (35 inches for women and 40 inches for men), high blood triglyceride levels, low HDL (or “good” cholesterol) levels, high blood pressure and high fasting blood sugar. Severe metabolic syndrome happens when these risk factors are not controlled, and it can lead to the onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Because the stakes are so high, a person with such symptoms should make lifestyle changes to prevent severe metabolic syndrome from occurring.

Obesity is easily the most essential area that Americans as a whole need to get under control if there is to be any hope for lowering the occurrence of severe metabolic syndrome. It is the most dangerous risk factor when it comes to severe metabolic syndrome. Syndrome x rarely exists without obesity being an issue. According to information released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity rates have soared in America over the last 20 years. In 2010, every state was found to have an obesity rate of at least 20 percent. In fact, 25 percent of states exhibited an obesity rate of 25 percent or more, 12 of these reaching 30 percent and above. Oregon was shown to be the most obese state, with 34 percent of the population being extremely overweight.

Severe metabolic syndrome is also linked to mental health. The organization Psyche Education released information showing that women who experience depression, anger and tension were more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who did not have such issues. Therefore, if a person believes they have such mental problems, they should seek medical attention, as it could lead to the eventual development of severe metabolic syndrome when paired with other contributing factors. Likewise, it is believed that severe metabolic syndrome can lead to or worsen a person’s mental state. In other words, mental problems and severe metabolic syndrome feed off of each other and are both medical conditions that should be addressed immediately to avoid severe complications.

If you believe you are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome, schedule and appointment with a health care professional as soon as possible. The sooner a doctor helps to regulate the condition, the better the chances are that it will not develop into severe metabolic syndrome. If someone you love shows signs associated with metabolic syndrome, encourage them to seek medical attention immediately. Although it can be a daunting condition, it is not impossible to overcome when the right lifestyle changes are put in place.