As your Wellness Manager, I’m glad you are taking the time to read this article. We have just completed another round
of biometric screenings. I’m happy to report that over 90% of our eligible employees and spouses completed their
biometric screening in 2013. Biometric screenings are evaluations intended to identify past, current and potential medical problems. These screenings are a critical component in Melton’s wellness program.
Biometrics screenings help identify individuals who might have risk factors for metabolic syndrome, which could lead to heart disease and diabetes. Please take time to review your screening results with your health care provider so that any risk(s) you may have can be addressed in a timely manner. Your life depends on it.
A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is made when a patient has 3 out of 5 cardinal features. According to the American
Heart Association, the five cardinal features of metabolic syndrome are:
1. Elevated blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg or higher
2. Elevated glucose (blood sugar) of 100 mg/dL or more
3. Elevated triglycerides of 150 mg/dL or more
4. Low HDL cholesterol:
a. Men – Less than 40 mg/dL
b. Women – Less than 50 mg/dL
5. Central obesity which is measured by Waist (belly) circumference:
a. 40 inches or more for men.
b. 35 inches or more for women
How is metabolic syndrome treated?
If you have metabolic syndrome, you can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by choosing
to control risk factors. The best way is for you to lose weight, increase physical activity and listen to your doctor.
Here are some important steps for patients and their doctors in managing the condition:
• Routinely monitor body weight (especially abdominal obesity). Also monitor blood glucose, lipoproteins and blood
• Treat individual risk factors (hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure and high blood glucose) according to established
• Carefully choose high blood pressure drugs because different drugs have different effects on insulin sensitivity.
• Prescription compliance. If your health care provider places you on a medication – take that medication as
prescribed until your doctor suggests a change.
There is more research needed to understand how drug therapy might help people with the metabolic syndrome. It’s important to focus on the five components of this syndrome to properly manage it. Please know that I am here to assist you in living a healthy lifestyle. I have exercise programs for OTR drivers as well as our spouses at home. I have suggestions and tools for planning your meals as well.