Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Aggressive lifestyle changes are usually required to prevent serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. These changes include:

  • Exercise. Doctors recommend getting 30 or more minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, every day.
  • Lose weight. Losing weight can reduce insulin resistance and blood pressure and decrease your risk of diabetes.
  • Eat healthy. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet and the Mediterranean diet, like many healthy-eating plans, limit unhealthy fats and emphasize fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains. Both of these dietary approaches have been found to offer important health benefits — in addition to weight loss — for people who have components of metabolic syndrome.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking cigarettes worsens the health consequences of metabolic syndrome. Talk to your doctor if you need help kicking the cigarette habit.
Aug. 22, 2014