Metabolic syndrome describes an epidemic condition in the U.S. which is affecting roughly one in four adults. Adults over age 40 are the highest risk group, but even children are increasingly diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
What is Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of multiple disorders related to your metabolism. Metabolic syndrome can be any combination of the following disorders:
• Abdominal obesity
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• High blood glucose (“blood sugar”)
• Abnormal cholesterol levels
Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other health problems such as diabetes and stroke. The more of the above mentioned disorders you have, the greater are the risks to your health.
20% overweight over the ideal weight is considered as obesity. Abdominal obesity promotes insulin resistance, an inability to respond normally to insulin, which is a hormone that regulates the intake of dietary carbohydrates (sugar, etc.) in the body. Therefore obesity (especially with a waist measurement of greater than 35” for women and 40” for men) is the greatest risk factor that can lead to metabolic syndrome.
High Blood Glucose
Normally glucose (sugar) is rapidly cleared from the blood and stored as energy. If sugar stays in the blood, it causes an unhealthy buildup, called high blood glucose in most organs of the body. The health risk factors of high blood glucose include heart attack, stroke, blindness, and type 2 diabetes. A glucose level of at least 110 mg / dL increases the risk factor for metabolic syndrome.
High Blood Pressure
Increased blood pressure damages the blood vessels over an extended period of time. High blood pressure in itself usually causes no symptoms, but it does increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. A blood pressure of greater than 130/85 mmHg increase the risk for metabolic syndrome.
Abnormal Cholesterol Profile
Cholesterol is a type of fat in the blood. It’s found in all body cells. Too much bad cholesterol promotes clogging the arteries with fatty deposits, making it difficult for oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart. Bad cholesterol levels of greater than 150 mg/ dL are a risk factor for metabolic syndrome. In turn, less than 50 mg /dL of good cholesterol for women or less than 40 mg / dL of “good” cholesterol for men is also a risk factor for metabolic syndrome.
Indications of metabolic syndrome
The root cause of the Metabolic Syndrome is a poor diet, leading to excess body fat, especially around the belly and insulin resistance. Such poor diet includes modern foods like white flour, white pasta, sugar, sodas, fast foods, juice with added sugar, and most overly processed foods. The extended intake of such foods raises the blood levels of both glucose and insulin. Once the body is not being able to deal anymore with the large intakes of dietary carbohydrates (sugar, etc.) it can lead to insulin resistance and possibly to metabolic syndrome. Early signs of insulin resistance are cloudy thinking, feeling tired, or drowsy during the day or after meals, night sweats, frequent headaches, energy level less than it used to be, carrying weight in the belly area or upper body and not having the energy to exercise.
How to prevent or treat metabolic syndrome
Drastic lifestyle changes in form of an educated nutritionally balanced diet, weight management, daily physical activities, restful sleep, in combination with “Metabolic Defender” supplements can reverse delay or even prevent metabolic syndrome. I also can reverse the development of serious health problems, developing from insulin resistance. However, it is recommended to take immediate action, to help counter the effects of insulin resistance, before you are diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome. We recommend consulting your physician for regular checkups.
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