A ‘beer belly’ in men is often an important indicator of health risk  factors. In fact, a recent study found that excess belly fat, even if you are skinny everywhere else, may be even more deadly than being obese or overweight.

A ‘Beer belly’ is also a key indicator of possible Metabolic Syndrome which is linked with increased risk for a variety of health problems including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, fatty liver disease and higher mortality.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. The condition is also known by other names including Syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome, and dysmetabolic syndrome.

These conditions generally include increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels.

You are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome if you have three or more of the following:

-A waistline of 40 inches (101cm) or more for men (35 inches (90cm) or more for women) (measured across the belly)

-A blood pressure of 130/85 mm Hg or higher or are taking blood pressure medication

-A triglyceride level above 150 mg/dl

-A fasting blood glucose (sugar) level greater than 100 mg/dl (5.5 mmol/L) or are taking glucose-lowering medications

-A high density lipoprotein level (HDL) less than 40 mg/dl (men) ( under 50 mg/dl (women))

Physical inactivity and excess weight are the main underlying contributors to the development of metabolic syndrome.

Reduce your risk:

-Lose weight: Healthy eating and even moderate weight loss, in the range of 5 percent to 10 percent of body weight, can help restore your body’s ability to recognize insulin and greatly reduce the chance that the syndrome will become a more serious illness. This can be done through the correct diet (TLC) and exercise.

-Exercise: Increased activity alone can improve your insulin sensitivity. Aerobic exercise such as a brisk 30-minute daily walk can promote weight loss, improved blood pressure and triglycerides levels and a reduced risk of developing diabetes. Exercise may reduce the risk for heart disease even without accompanying weight loss. Any increase in physical activity is helpful, even for those unable to perform 150 minutes of activity per week.

Following the TLC-Program can assist in improving all the significant health markers and reducing the risks of Metabolic Syndrome. So start working on reducing that ‘beer belly’ now!

Take advantage of TLC’s Father’s Day special and help the men in your life improve their health markers significantly and reduce their health risks!