Metabolic Syndrome


Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed when a patient has three or more of the following five American Heart Association criteria:

  • Abdominal obesity (waist circumference >102cm in men and >88cm in women)
  • Hypertriglyceridaemia (>1.70 mmol/litre)
  • Low HDL (<1.03 mmol/litre in men and <1.29 mmol/litre in women)
  • Hypertension (>130/85 mmHg)
  • Elevated fasting glucose (>5.6 mmol/litre)


The components of metabolic syndrome are some of the most dangerous cardiovascular risk factors.  In combination, they increase a patient's risk of heart disease by around 500%.


There are currently over five million people in Australia, and in excess of one million people in New Zealand, who fit within the criteria of metabolic syndrome.


Due to our modern diets and lifestyles, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are epidemic in the western world, typically afflicting 50-65% of adult populations.  These diseases are rare or nonexistent in hunter-gatherers and other less westernised popualtions, highlighting the negative impact modern diets and lifestyles are having on our health.


If you believe that you may have Metabolic Syndrome, or if you wish to decrease your chances of developing Metabolic Syndrome, then telephone or text Pauline on 0498 392 632 for a naturopathy consultation.


Murray-Plains Health Spa also monitors risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease, so if you wish to know what your risk factors are, then give Pauline a call.