Metabolic Syndrome is a growing medical condition that is wreaking havoc on our health. It is the condition that predates diabetes. What this means is, if we catch this early, we may be able to ward off the onset of type II diabetes mellitus.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which obesity or being overweight, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol profile (dyslipidemia) cluster together in one person. When these risk factors occur together, the chance of developing coronary artery disease (increased incidence of heart attack), stroke, and diabetes is much greater than when these risk factors develop independently.
According to the American Heart Association, almost 25% of Americans are affected by metabolic syndrome. As our nation continues to rise in the numbers of people who suffer with obesity, it is also rising in the numbers with those afflicted with metabolic syndrome. Let’s take a look at it and dive into prevention. Let’s learn how we can help ourselves avoid atrocity and downgoing health. We do have some control over our long term outcome, but if we don’t know the tricks of prevention, undue illness may be on our doorstep.
5 Ways to Prevent Metabolic Syndrome
1. Lose Weight
If you are overweight, a weight loss of 5-10% of your body weight can help your body regain its ability to recognize insulin. Your stomach is the size of your fist. Gain control of your portion sizes. Your body has to handle what you put in it. If you eat too much, or more than you burn, the only choice your body has is to store extra energy as fat.
Increased activity reverses insulin resistance. Exercise makes your cells sensitive to blood sugar and the hormone insulin. It allows for a better metabolism and increases weight loss. It also helps lower blood pressure, lower “bad cholesterol”, raise “good cholesterol” levels and reduces the risk of developing type II diabetes. Exercise is more effective in lowering blood sugars than the medical treatment with insulin.
4. Eat a Heart-Healthy Nutritional Plan
Reduce high glycemic index foods, reduce the glycemic load. Be mindful in portion size, being careful not to eat more than your internal organs can digest and handle. Remember, your stomach does not have any teeth and your gut does not have a voice. We have to develop a good relationship to food and how it affects our bodies.
5. Educate Yourself
Educate yourself on the glycemic index and the glycemic load. If you don’t know the definition of these and how they play a role in the development of metabolic syndrome it would be of benefit to participate in our PRIME Lifestyle Program. Our ongoing nutrition clinics provide the right amount of education to prepare you with the tools you need to stay healthy.