Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Someone with metabolic syndrome has at least three of the following five conditions:
- Raised Blood Pressure,
- Elevated Waist Circumference,
- Low HDL or “Good” Cholesterol,
- Raised Triglyceride Levels and
- Raised Fasting Plasma Glucose Levels.
In a research article published in BMC Medicine, Dorthe Stensvold and colleagues followed a large cohort of people with metabolic syndrome for a decade and assessed them for rates of mortality in relation to levels of exercise.
Physical activity was associated with a lower risk of death, and this occurred in a dose dependent fashion, with higher levels of physical activity being associated with lower risks of mortality.
However, strikingly, even a low level of physical activity was associated with reduced mortality compared with being inactive. This research highlights the importance of physical activity, and its role in reducing the risk of premature death in those with metabolic syndrome.
Stensvold D, Nauman J, Nilsen TIL, Wisloff U, Slordahl SA, Lars Vatten L. Even low level of physical activity is associated with reduced mortality among people with metabolic syndrome, a population based study (the HUNT 2 study, Norway). BMC Medicine 2011,9:109doi:10.1186/1741-
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