Reducing Your Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Changing your lifestyle and taking better care of yourself can lower your risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
Lower Your Weight
- Find a weight loss program that is right for you.
- Lose weight slowly and steadily and plan ways to maintain the weight loss.
- Monitor your weight.
- Improve your eating habits.
Eat a Healthy Diet
- Eat more fruits and vegetables; cut down on drinking juice.
- Choose lean cuts of meat.
- Rather than frying, bake, broil, or grill your poultry, fish, or meat.
- Reduce the amount of salt in your diet. Do not add salt to foods and choose low-sodium foods.
- Cut down on saturated and trans fats.
- Choose whole grain foods (whole wheat bread, brown rice) instead of refined or processed foods (white bread, white rice).
- Eat more fiber-rich foods (beans, fruits, vegetables).
- Eat less sugar.
- Eat less carbohydrates and other starchy foods.
- Limit or eliminate soda and other sugary drinks.
Increase Your Physical Activity
- Exercise a little each day; aim for a total of 30 minutes or more.
- Commit yourself to more physical activity. Join a health club or plan walks with friends.
- Include increased activity into your daily habits.
Control Your Blood Pressure
Control Your Cholesterol Levels
Work to Prevent Diabetes by Eating Healthfully and Exercising
See Your Doctor
- Get regular physical check-ups with and support from your physician.
- You and your doctor should monitor your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
- Get counseling on diet and exercise that is right for you.
Be Aware of Lipid-Raising Medications
- Thiazide diuretics
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