Metabolic syndrome (syndrome X) is a complex condition which increases the risk of having diabetes and other heart conditions. It is increasingly common in many countries approximately 35% of the Australian population suffer from this condition. The increase in disease prevalence was noted to be due to sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy eating behaviours, and obesity.
The term “metabolic” was used because the condition itself alters normal metabolic processes in the body including insulin usage. The syndrome involves a vicious cycle of insulin resistance, obesity, and metabolic derangement. But just like other disease, the metabolic syndrome is treatable and could be managed with lifestyle change, behaviour modification, and healthy eating habits.
Metabolic syndrome is more common in adulthood and equally affects men and women. The condition can occur in anybody even those without a genetic predisposition. For as long as people have sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating behavior, they are at risk of acquiring metabolic syndrome.
Every year more people are diagnosed with the disease. It’s becoming an increasing health concern because according to the Heart & Diabetes Institute, nearly 35% of Australian adults have metabolic syndrome. A recent study was also published stating that 9-38% of children already have some form of metabolic syndrome.
This percentage is noted to be higher than people diagnosed with diabetesEven with the rise of more people having metabolic syndrome, it can be prevented and treated through diet. Our protocol addresses this issue and is a safe and easy answer to the condition.
Causes and how it affects the body
The condition is mainly caused by obesity and a faulty diet, but it could also be linked to hereditary factors. When people constantly eat more than the required energy intake, they force the body to produce chemicals and insulin in excessive amounts. The end result of these factors lead to insulin resistance and abnormal metabolic processes.
Signs and symptoms
One visible sign for patients with metabolic syndrome is central obesity or having a large waist circumference. Metabolic syndrome is also associated with high blood pressure and diabetes-like symptoms including excessive thirst, increased urination, and polyphagia (excessive eating). However there are also patients diagnosed with metabolic syndrome who don’t experience any symptoms.
Since metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors and conditions, physicians follow a criterion for the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. The presence of three or more of the following risk factors would likely indicate that you have metabolic syndrome.
- Central obesity or having excessive fat in the abdominal area. This criterion is usually based on the waist circumference. A waist circumference over 100cm in men and over 88cm in women presents a health risk. In general, larger waist circumference leads to a higher risk.
- Hypertension or elevated blood pressure.
- Raised levels of blood triglycerides.
- Low levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL) in the blood.
- Insulin resistance or high levels of blood glucose.
The management of metabolic syndrome should focus on the underlying cause. Most physicians would recommend an aggressive lifestyle change before prescribing mediations. Aggressive lifestyle change for the management of metabolic syndrome would include the following:
- Stay active. Sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise predisposes one to have metabolic syndrome. Physical activity helps to decrease the severity of metabolic syndrome. Significant benefits are attained when you perform 30 minutes of moderate- activity like walking, swimming or light resistance training. It is important not to start up any exercise unless you have had a health check from your doctor. Our protocol actually recommends no exercise until a certain amount of weight is lost if you have not been exercising prior starting to lose weight. Once weight is lost, exercise is mandatory for increased success for better health and weight maintenance.
- Eat healthy. Developing a healthy eating habit can treat and prevent metabolic syndrome. According to guidelines, the diet prescribed for metabolic syndrome should focus on foods with a low glycemic index.
Like our protocol a low-carbohydrate diet is recommended, a diet that followsa low glycemic index exactly. This is the suggested diet because it promotes insulin sensitivity and enhances glucose usage. It was also mentioned that one criteria of metabolic syndrome is having low levels of good (HDL) cholesterol. Therefore, the diet should also include foods that are rich in healthy fats again our diet provides this solution.
Our revolutionary health protocol is highly recommended since it can address the health concerns in metabolic syndrome. Our protocol follows a low glycemic index which will promote a major lifestyle change for overall health and vitality.
- Lose weight. Central obesity is a large factor associated with metabolic syndrome. Weight loss helps the body respond to the effects of insulin. By keeping a healthy weight and maintaining a normal waist circumference, you reduce the risk of having complications and cardiovascular disease.
Generally, people with metabolic syndrome will have a good prognosis with early management and committed focus. People who adopt a healthy lifestyle by using our protocol will reduce their risk of acquiring serious health problems.
Metabolic syndrome is a disease condition that people can avoid. To prevent the development of metabolic syndrome, it is very important to practice a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet. Retaining a healthy weight, regularly check your waist circumference, have your blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol levels regularly checked is the key to maintaining a long healthy life.
Remember that diet is the main cause of metabolic syndrome and it is therefore ideal to manage and prevent the disease by diet modification. Preventative care is easy, you can contact us for more information about the management and avoidance of metabolic syndrome.
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