Metabolic Syndrome means Compounding Biochemical Dysfunction or simply put … A State of Serious Malfunction.
Once predominantly a disorder of the elderly; metabolic syndrome is becoming more and more common in much younger age groups. It now affects approximately 30-40% of people over the age of 60!.
Alarmingly, metabolic syndrome is also becoming increasingly more common in those of middle age and younger.
Metabolic Syndrome (Sometimes Called Syndrome X)
To be provided a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome you need to have existing, compounding health issues. This condition requires a combination of THREE or MORE of the following conditions or health issues:
• Abdominal obesity
• High blood sugar
• High triglyceride levels
• Hypertension (high blood Pressure)
• Low HDL & high LDL cholesterol
When you have metabolic syndrome, your body is in a state of serious breakdown and impaired function… and most definitely not something to be ignored.
Your body is no longer crying for help.. it is shouting for help!
Addressing diet and lifestyle factors is the main course of action when confronted with this diagnosis. Most people in this state of ill health may require some direction; or possibly already be under the guidance of their doctor.
Most doctors will advise the usual, heart healthy; dietary & lifestyle changes; such as:
- Healthy eating
- Stress management
- Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise more
- Avoid alcohol
- Stop smoking
This is all great advice; but most people when they hear this advice don’t know where to start. It may be overwhelming, very confusing and hard to action.
If it is actioned and the person takes positive steps to change their life; it’s not usually maintainable; or to the point of making the difference in their health that has to happen.
Metabolic Syndrome – a Brighter Future
As a Natural Health Practitioner I believe the process (or health journey) for such a serious condition needs to be broken down to become achievable. Required diet and lifestyle changes need to be doable and explained clearly.
Having realistic time frames, with short and long term goals is a must. Ultimately; with a picture of being healthy as the end prognosis.
When someone is facing this diagnosis it may be almost impossible for them to optimistic and entirely positive. Changing a lifetime time of bad habits doesn’t come without resistance.
Everyone, despite their current health status will do better with guidance and encouragement. Helping someone to turn negative thought patterns into positive ones will drive their health journey a lot faster.
Metabolic Syndrome Left Unaddressed
If diet and lifestyle changes aren’t achieved and dysfunctions corrected; then your doctor will most likely prescribe drugs.
He or she will need to chemically control your risk factors (all mentioned above). Further to that, your doctor may suggest other drugs to control appetite, smoking cessation and/or stress management.
Drugs will help to control symptoms and may even be helpful (short term) for some. They can keep your body functioning which will keep you alive.
This will place you well and truly on the“sick care” merry go round
This path won’t make you healthier. Overtime you may become sicker or manifest further conditions.
I urge you to take control of your own health.
BEFORE YOU GO!