Complications from diabetes are very serious

(CNN) – Being overweight can have a cascade effect on health opening the door to not just diabetes, but to an associated set of complications that can be damaging to the heart, known as ‘metabolic syndrome.’

The term ‘metabolic syndrome’ was invented to capture those risk factors that accompany diabetes.

Those risk factors include high blood pressure, low levels of ‘good’ cholesterol, high levels of lipids, or fats, in the blood, fat around the abdomen and, of course, elevated blood sugar.

Doctor Nathan says high blood sugar or diabetes seems to be a triggering factor for other symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

Once you have diabetes you get elevated blood pressure in, like, 75 percent of people, abnormal lipids in another 75 percent of people.

Diabetes is largely a genetic disease and so can’t always be prevented by weight loss.

For the majority, weight control remains perhaps “the” most important way of keeping diabetes, and metabolic syndrome at bay.

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