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IT'S VERY SIMPLE TO AVOID THE METABOLIC SYNDROME, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

The metabolic syndrome is a constellation of conditions that dramatically increase one's risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Now a new study estimates that 40% of postmenopausal women have the metabolic syndrome, but simple interventions help. Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, explains how easily women can control the metabolic syndrome.

BELLANTONI: Two simple issues: calorie reduction, practical, 250-350 calories per day. Those are the extra cookies when you walk in the door after a busy day. And the exercise program is 45 minutes of walking three times a week. We can do this. And it made a difference. The outcome in this study was that half of the individuals who had metabolic syndrome with these interventions went from metabolic syndrome to converting to nonmetabolic syndrome in 6 months. :32

At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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