Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health risks that increase an individual’s chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These health risks include excessive fat tissue in the abdominal area, glucose intolerance, unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance. Also known as “syndrome X,” the condition is often seen in seniors and those who are overweight.
The dangers of sedentary living are making headlines, and government entities are taking notice. Political ideology has its place, but execution is even better. Here’s an update on health- and fitness-related legislative action and advocacy.
Saddled with a growing number of at-risk employees who are overweight or obese, more companies are recognizing the importance of preventive health measures. Toward that end, many businesses are now offering their workers weight loss and fitness programs to keep health insurance costs down.
As personal trainers, you know how important it is for obese adults and children to lose weight. But is the general public aware of the importance of this issue? Yes, for the most part.
A poll by The Harvard Forums on Health examined the opinions of 1,002 Americans 18 and older. Their findings?
Despite recent news reports linking high cholesterol levels to different life-threatening diseases, the message has apparently been lost on many consumers. At least, that’s the finding of a new study on contemporary awareness of cholesterol as a risk factor, which appeared in the July 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
By Ralph La Forge, MS
EXERCISE AND WEIGHT LOSS IN YOUNG, OVERWEIGHT ADULTS
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