Do You Have This Killer and Not Know It?
Are you one of 47 million Americans who are affected by this health issue? If you are, you are also probably one of many who have never heard of Metabolic Syndrome prior to your doctor telling you that you have it.
Lack of public awareness about this is troubling because this is something that can be avoided and prevented. This is an emerging condition with many different risk factors, so it is vital that you learn more about this.
Statistics have suggested that metabolic syndrome may be one of the most prevalent diseases in our country today; and in Japan, it is already one of the country's primary health concerns.
A third of Americans already have symptoms of this disease, and there are a third more that soon will be diagnosed with this as well.
According to the American Heart Association, metabolic syndrome is categorized as a group of metabolic risk factors that include:
* Abdominal obesity (excessive fat around the abdomen)
* Dyslipidemia (high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and high LDL cholesterol)
* Elevated blood pressure
* Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance
* High C-reactive protein in the blood
Currently, there is a lot of research being conducted and developments to help combat this disease. A study at Tufts University recently indicated that Vitamin C and Vitamin E deficiencies might be partly to blame for this syndrome. The study, though, showed that it was more prevalent in those who were overweight.
I don't know that I am jumping on this deficiency bandwagon just yet, because we do know that increased abdominal fat leads to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. That has been well documented already.
It really comes down to losing excess fat and increasing your exercise level. These two things alone have the biggest impact on whether or not you end up with metabolic syndrome. They are also powerful actions you can take to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome if you have already been diagnosed with it.
One of the keys is boosting your metabolism through thermogenesis. When you are able to boost your metabolism, you then trigger the breakdown of fat and you burn more calories.
When you lose fat, you have less abdominal fat, you lower your blood pressure and you may even improve insulin sensitivity. If you use strength training workouts and other higher intensity workouts to boost your metabolism, your HDL cholesterol will increase and you again may also improve your insulin sensitivity.
Losing as little as 5-10 percent of your body weight can reduce blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. Not to mention if you change your eating habits and get rid of the extra simple carbs like potatoes, rice, and extra sugars, your triglycerides will be lower.
Simple changes like this can improve most of the causes of metabolic syndrome and keep you from being affected by this, and the eventual diabetes diagnosis.
If you are one of the 47 million Americans already affected by this, then you obviously know that you need to make these changes right now. If you are overweight and have not been officially diagnosed with this disease yet, then it is just a matter of time before you are.
Make the decision now to improve these risk factors by eating more lean protein and less simple carbs and sugars, and doing strength training and exercise with higher intensity to burn more calories and create new lean muscle. Finally, and most importantly, lose weight as this will start to correct many of these risk factors immediately.
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