Saturday, April 13, 2013

What is Metabolic Syndrome, and are you at risk?

Metabolic syndrome is a predictor of future poor health that develops through lifestyle; for example,  lack of activity, poor diet and stress. It can lead to problems such as hypertension, elevated blood sugar, abdominal fat and high cholesterol. Any one of those illnesses spells problems, but having all of them lays the foundation for some serious chornic health problems in the future such as heart attacks and stroke. Like most health problems, this syndrome runs in families and is more often found in Black Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans. Sadly, the likelihood of developing this problem increases as we age.

But what exactly is it and how can one avoid it?

Just looking at what we know about healthy lifestyle, all of these diseases are serious, but having all of them spells disaster. Lifestyle and health changes need to be made to hopefully ward off problems. Otherwise, the undortunate sufferer is on the path for cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

One of the causes of metabolic syndrome is insulin resistance. The insulin is unble to enter the cell to provide nourishment (glucose). When this doesn't happen, the glucose remains in the blood causing high blood sugar levels. This can cause diabetes and obesity.

Another problem is obesity. Especially in the belly region. This really puts one at increased risk for metabolic syndrome. The last problem is unhealthy lifestyle: sitting around in front of the tv. Not engaging in exercise or activity.puts one at higher risk for the disease.

What you can do to improve things?
Educate yourself and make more health conscious decisions when thinking about what to eat and to avoid. Talk with your health care provide in reference to overall health. Cut down on eating "Out": these foods are very high in sodium,fats and sugar - designed this way to make you crave more and more. Cut the sedentary lifestyle and begin exercising. With time and preserverance, you will see the tiny health problems slowly disappear.

Source: "Metabolic Syndrome Health Center"
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