Health promotion in older adults: The role of lifestyle in the metabolic syndrome

Muhammad Firdaus, Migy K. Mathew, Jonelle Wright

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The metsbollc syndrome, also known as dysmetabolic syndrome, Syndrome X, or insulin resistance syndrome, is an amalgam of obesity-related health risks that significantly increases the chance of developing diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Progress in understanding the metabolic syndrome has confirmed the importance of metabolic imbalances in the development of serious and chronic cardiovascular, neurologic, immunologic, renal, and endocrine diseases. Crucial to planning treatment is the understanding that the metabolic syndrome is largely a disorder caused by behavior, thus its most important therapeutic intervention entails lifestyle change: Significant behavioral change can dramatically modify end even reverse all factors of the metabolic syndrome ana its consequences. We examine the pathophysiology of the metabolic syndrome and provide strategies to encourage weight loss and dietary modifications and to promote increased physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Dehavior and lifestyle modifications
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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