Metabolic syndrome is a condition that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It is a very common and dangerous medical problem. If metabolic syndrome is not treated, your child is much more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or diabetes. Decreasing your child’s risk factors by making healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent these health problems.
Your child may be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome if he has 3 or more of the following risk factors:
The exact cause is not known. The risk is higher if your child:
Your child may not have any symptoms. Medical problems that come from metabolic syndrome develop over time. If he does have symptoms, they may include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. He will have blood tests to measure:
The most important part of treatment is making healthy lifestyle changes:
If lifestyle changes don’t lower your child’s risk enough, your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine. Your child may need to take more than one medicine, such as:
It is possible to prevent or delay metabolic syndrome, mainly with lifestyle changes. A healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment.
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider. In addition, make sure that your child:
Ask your provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.