Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet
To help manage your condition, fill in the dates on which you had or will have the following tests or checkups.
I had a lipid profile on __________. A lipid profile is a lab test that measures the amount of certain fats and cholesterol in your blood. High lipid levels can lead to a heart attack or worsen heart disease. You should have a lipid profile at least once a year.
Maintain healthy levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. Healthy levels of LDL and HDL may vary depending on your health conditions or risk factors. Your triglycerides (also "bad") should be less than 150 mg/dL. Talk with your health care provider about helping you set and meet your goals.
My blood pressure is __________. High blood pressure (called hypertension) can lead to serious health problems. Blood pressure-lowering medications along with lifestyle changes can achieve the best results. The American Heart Association recommends an optimal blood pressure of less than 150/90 mm Hg for adults over 60 years of age. The American Diabetes Association recommends a blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg for adults younger than 60 years of age with renal disease or diabetes. Make sure that your blood pressure is checked at every time you visit your health care provider.
I talked with my provider about quitting smoking on __________. If you smoke, get help to quit. Cigarette smoking is a strong risk factor for heart disease. As soon as you quit, your blood vessels begin to return to normal. Talk with your health care provider about programs or medications that can help you quit.
I had my blood sugar checked on __________. Have your blood sugar checked at regular intervals as recommended by your health care provider. Early detection and treatment of high blood sugar will help prevent diabetes or delay the progression of serious complications in adults with diabetes.
I talked with my provider about how to manage my weight on __________. Losing just 5% to 10% of your weight or 2 inches from your waist can make you healthier. It's better to lose a small amount of weight and keep it off than to lose a lot of weight fast and gain it back.
I talked with my provider about medications to help lower my risk for heart disease on __________. Several medications can help treat or prevent heart disease in many people.
- Freeborn, Donna, PhD, CNM, FNP
- MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician