3 diagnostics you can do at home to beat this chronic disease syndrome

By now, you’ve probably heard of metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that, when they occur together, significantly increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes and skyrocket your chances of having a stroke.

Those conditions include high blood pressure, higher body fat around your belly, and abnormal cholesterol and triglycerides as well as high blood sugar.

Put simply, when you have one of those conditions, your chance for problems goes up and each one you add compounds your risk further.

The problem is that while about a third of adults in the U.S. are estimated to be living with metabolic syndrome, many people don’t know they have it since many of the signs of the disorder are silent.

So, if you don’t regularly go to your doctor to get lab work and have your blood pressure checked, you could be one of the more than 33 percent that are at risk.

And, since your risk of metabolic syndrome goes up with your age, every day your chances of developing the dangerous condition increases.

Luckily, thanks to a new study by a team of researchers at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, there are now three diagnostics to determine whether or not you actually have the syndrome.

The great thing is you can perform these diagnostics at home — or if you prefer, your doctor can — because no lab work is needed. Then you can get to work on improving your health…

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Three predictive factors no matter your sex

The research team studied the incidence of metabolic syndrome in nearly 500 adults between the ages of 60 and 100 to figure out what factors increase your risk of the condition across the board.

They looked at the most common measurements that have been found to work in other scientific studies such as waist circumference and height and then mixed it up, adding in waist diameter (from front to back), waist diameter/height, neck circumference, and a combination of measurements.

And, not only did they find that about 60 percent of their randomly chosen participants had metabolic syndrome (something that could blow those expert estimates of one-third of adults having the condition out of the water), they found three specific factors that predicted metabolic syndrome in both women and men, including:

  • SAD greater than 24.65 cm – This is your sagittal abdominal diameter. Basically, you lie on a table and have someone use a caliper to measure the distance from the surface of your back to the front of your abdomen in cm. If it’s higher than 24.65 cm, metabolic syndrome could be putting you at risk of heart disease and diabetes.
  • SAD/height greater than 0.14 – This is your sagittal abdominal diameter in cm divided by your height in cm and a number over 0.14 is a problem when it comes to the condition.
  • C-Index greater than 1.57 – This measurement is called the “conicity index”. Put simply, it’s a measure of your body fat distribution or how much abdominal fat you have. It’s slightly more complicated to calculate but still doable, even at home.

Three simple steps

  1. First, take your weight in kilograms and divide it by your height in meters and then divide that number by 0.109.
  2. Next, take your waist circumference in meters and divide it by your answer in number 1. This is your conicity index.
  3. If it’s over 1.57, it’s likely you have metabolic syndrome.

You can either have these measurements taken at your doctor’s office or perform the diagnostics at home since a waist caliper can be found online for about $10.

And, the good news is, once you know where you stand, you’re in a better place to do something about it. Metabolic syndrome is not set in stone but instead can be managed and even reversed by changing your lifestyle, eating better and getting more exercise.

Here are a few ways to get started:

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  1. Metabolic syndrome — Mayo Clinic
  2. Performance of Anthropometric Indicators in the Prediction of Metabolic Syndrome in the ElderlyMetabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders
  3. Conicity index: An anthropometric measure to be evaluatedRevista Portuguesa de Cardiologia
Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.