Metabolic syndrome is common among the Americans. In fact, around a quarter of Americans have it. This is a condition linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. There are risk factors linked to this condition:
- The blood sugar is high.
- The amount of good cholesterol is low.
- The blood pressure is high.
- The waist circumference is large
- The triglyceride level is high.
There is a solution though for the Medical Center at Duke University said that even a moderate quantity of brisk walking a week is adequate to reduce the waistline and therefore the risk of developing the condition as well. Clients have to have three of the above five risks to be diagnosed properly.
Both the medical literature and the lay press mention the term metabolic syndrome. Not all experts agree on the criteria of diagnosis though. It really depends on the authority quoted. However, one thing is sure for they do agree that this condition can lead to cardiovascular disease.
Johanna Johnson, MS, the clinical research coordinator of Duke University Medical Center said that people who walk 30 minutes daily, six days a week can lower the risk to develop this condition. This is the equivalent of 11 miles per week. Even without changing one’s diet, the benefit is still there. So there is no excuse for not getting rid of the metabolic syndrome.
William Kraus, Duke cardiologist, said that the result of the study just proved that “Some exercise is better than none; more exercise is generally better than less, and no exercise can be disastrous.” They even had this published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
There is a multi-year study that received federal funding called “Studies of a Targeted Risk Reduction Intervention through Defined Exercise” (STRRIDE). It examined how the different intensity and quantity of exercise affected 171 middle-aged, overweight people.
Before starting the exercise program, 41% had metabolic syndrome and by the end of eight months, just 27% had the condition. This is good news for those who want to be healthier because just by walking around where they live and work after a meal will do it for them instead of having to run miles.
The researchers were surprised though to find out that those who did intense exercise for a short period of time did not gain as much improvement as those who did less vigorous exercise for a longer duration of time. This led Kraus to think that there may be better benefit from moderate exercise daily than performing vigorous exercise only a few days a week.
It goes to show that you don’t have to run a marathon. and that exercising every day in a moderate manner will help. That shuts down the motto that some exercise is better than none and more is better than less because it has been proven that the vigorous type of exercise did the same as the moderate type in reducing the symptoms of metabolic syndrome.