Madison, Wisconsin-based pharmacist and women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm answers your questions about how weight, education, income, and exercise play a role in a woman’s risk of metabolic syndrome.
Q: What is metabolic syndrome?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Metabolic syndrome isn’t one specific condition. Instead, it is the compounded occurrence of high blood glucose levels, obesity, elevated cholesterol, and increased blood pressure. This cluster of conditions increases a woman’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Q: What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Unfortunately, many of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome don’t present with outward symptoms. However, having a larger than proportionate waistline is a visible sign. Women with high blood sugar may experience increased thirst, blurred vision, fatigue, and issues with urination.