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
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 healthcare
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 medicines along with lifestyle
changes can achieve the best results. The Journal of the American Medical 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 healthcare 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 healthcare
provider about programs or medicines that can help you quit.
I had my blood sugar checked on __________. Have your blood sugar checked at regular
intervals as recommended by your healthcare 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. Take the time to read nutrition labels on the foods you eat
to avoid calories from added sugar.
I talked with my provider about medicines to help lower my risk for heart disease
on __________. Several medicines can help treat or prevent heart disease in many people.