If you already have heart disease and/or diabetes, lifestyle changes can help you prevent or delay related problems. Examples of these problems include heart attack, stroke, and diabetes-related complications (for example, damage to your eyes, nerves, kidneys, feet, and legs).
If lifestyle changes aren't enough, your doctor may recommend medicines. Take all of your medicines as your doctor prescribes. For more information about lifestyle changes and medicines, go to "How Is Metabolic Syndrome Treated?"
Make realistic short- and long-term goals for yourself when you begin to make healthy lifestyle changes. Work closely with your doctor and seek regular medical care.
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