Your pants are oversized
Look at the tag in your jeans—if it says a number greater than 40 inches, you’re in trouble. Central obesity, where the weight settles around your midsection, is the most important sign that metabolic syndrome could be in your future, says Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. “A waist circumference of more than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women is the biggest predictor,” he says. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors (abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high levels of blood triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol) that raises the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health problems. If you have three or more, you have metabolic syndrome. A large waist can also be one of the seven telltale signs of insulin resistance.
You’re thirsty all the time and can’t stop peeing
If you can’t quench your thirst and keep running to the bathroom, it may be a sign that you have high blood sugar, a risk factor of metabolic syndrome. “Most people don’t know what their blood sugar levels are until they’re really abnormal,” says Dr. Ahmed. Aside from diabetes, stress from an illness, eating too much, or not exercising enough can lead to insulin resistance. These are the 8 things everyone needs to know about metabolic syndrome.
You have a headache, feel dizzy, or have blurry vision
“Blood pressure is called the silent killer because you usually don’t notice anything until it’s extremely elevated,” says Dr. Ahmed. Worrisome signs that your blood pressure might be sky high is a headache, dizziness, blurry vision, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. “If you feel any of those signs, seek medical care rapidly,” he says. Blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg or higher is the ratio to look for if you’re concerned about metabolic syndrome. If you don’t have metabolic syndrome, one of these surprising things that raise your blood pressure reading could be the culprit!