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Metabolic syndrome is a medical condition that involves multiple related conditions including obesity, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. People with metabolic syndrome are at a high risk for developing many serious medical complications including type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. Due to the seriousness of this condition, early detection and intervention are critical.
There are two connections between mental illness and metabolic syndrome:
Other risk factors for metabolic syndrome include:
Selecting a medication should involve a careful review of the risks, as well as the benefits, the medicine offers. Some people who are taking SGAs may also find that medications used in the treatment of diabetes may be helpful in preventing metabolic syndrome. This is a possible treatment option that can be discussed when seeing your psychiatrist or other health care provider.
Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent and detect metabolic syndrome.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to prevent developing metabolic syndrome. A healthy lifestyle includes the following:
Doctors, a NAMI Affiliate or community mental health program may offer suggestions of places to find peer support. Many communities have walking groups, nutritional and fitness groups or other peer support programs that can be helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Finding a good fit for each person is the key to keeping a person involved. Some places to start looking for support are Peertrainer, Weight Watchers and In Shape.
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