The main goal
of treatment is to reduce your risk of
coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes. The first
approaches in treating metabolic syndrome are:
Weight control. Being overweight is a major
risk factor for CAD. Weight loss lowers LDL cholesterol and reduces all of the
risk factors for metabolic syndrome.
Physical activity. Lack of
exercise is a major risk factor for CAD. Regular exercise can help improve cholesterol levels. It can also lower blood pressure, reduce insulin
resistance, lower blood sugar levels, and improve heart function.
Assessing risk category for CAD. After your risk is determined,
treatment to lower LDL to appropriate levels can begin along with treatment of
other metabolic risk factors, including high blood pressure and insulin