Metabolic Syndrome

Starve this condition by feeding yourself well

walkingIf you’ve spent time reading other topics on this site, you’ll begin to see a lot of commonality between the issues and their causes. And many times these conditions do not stand alone. Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed when a few problematic factors are occurring together, creating a serious health condition. Individuals diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls. To emphasize, in this state, you could be at risk for all of these additional problems.

Conditions like Metabolic Syndrome cannot be “cured” with pills. With Metabolic Syndrome, you are forcing your body to function in an altered state and often pitting your different systems against each other.

Metabolic Syndrome is a condition that affects about 34% of adults in the U.S. The underlying causes of Metabolic Syndrome include being overweight or obese, physical inactivity and genetic factors. It’s important to note, however, that your genes only account for about 25% of the medical conditions you will develop. So “runs in the family” is a warning, but not an excuse. But the good news is that like many other weight-related conditions, this diagnosis is quite preventable, and can be remedied with aggressive lifestyle changes, and potentially without additional medications.

How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed?

According to the American Heart Association, Metabolic Syndrome occurs when a person has three or more of the following measurements:

  • Abdominal obesity (Waist circumference of 40 inches or above in men, and 35 inches or above in women)
  • High Triglyceride (fat) Blood levels
  • Triglyceride level of 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater
  • Low HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women
  • High blood pressure
  • Systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Fasting glucose of 100 mg/dL or greater

Many times, people are put on a different medication for each of these different conditions. They’re taking something for cholesterol, something for their blood pressure, being told to eat a diet low in sugar, which leads to “sugar-free” foods. And many times, people are left feeling pretty crappy, which leads to a further lack of exercise. This is a very expensive cycle with its own slew of side-effects that results in a decreased quality of life. And it does not have to be this way.

Conditions like Metabolic Syndrome cannot be “cured” with pills. You’re simply forcing your body to function in an altered state and often pitting your different systems against each other. To turn this around, you need real, physiologic change.

If you are ready to make a change to be healthy and free of medications, we can work together to bring you back to a healthy state.