Your grandmother, father, and cousin may have heart disease, but even with a strongly inherited predisposition to the condition you can cut your risks dramatically by pursuing a heart healthy lifestyle -- and it's easier than you think. Over 800,000 Americans died from heart attacks and other cardiac illnesses lasts year, but most of those deaths -- four out of five -- were preventable. With a few key tips from a world-renowned heart expert you can be on your way to building a healthy heart that...
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps the body use glucose, a form of sugar, for energy. If a person has insulin resistance, his or her body is not converting glucose for use by muscles and other tissues.
How Is Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosed?
According to American Heart Association guidelines, any three of the following traits in the same person meet the criteria for the metabolic syndrome:
Abdominal obesity: a waist circumference over 102 cm (40 in) in men and over 88 cm (35 inches) in women