Whether you have one, two or none of the components of metabolic syndrome, the following lifestyle changes will reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke:

Commit to a healthy diet: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables Choose lean cuts of white meat or fish over red meat Avoid processed or deep-fried foods Avoid excess simple carbohydrates, sodas, and sweets Manage stress

Get moving: Get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week.

Be Aware: Check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels on a regular basis.

Get Help: Acupuncture and herbal medicine work very well to manage the physiological response of the body to stress including cortisol and catecholamine (stress hormone) release. Herbal medicine directly strengthens and balances the organs aiding digestion and cellular vitality.