Do You Recognise the 5 Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome?
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of common conditions associated with the increased risk to the development of chronic disease.
According to the International Journal of Biological Sciences metabolic syndrome is linked to heart disease, some cancers, liver damage and diabetes.
The 5 clinical risk factors of metabolic syndrome include:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Imbalanced glucose metabolism
- Raised triglycerides levels
- Cholesterol ratio imbalance
- Increased waist circumference: ≥ 102 cm/40" in men and ≥ 88 cm/34" in women
can you reverse METABOLIC SYNDROME?
The primary treatment and prevention management strategies need to focus on lifestyle factors - increasing your physical activity, and modifying your diet and behavioural patterns.
The next step is to investigate the underlying causes and any other conditions that may be associated or contributing to the development of the syndrome through careful history taking, physical examination, functional assessments and laboratory testing.
1. Pharmacological Therapy
There are no specific medications for the treatment of metabolic syndrome. Drugs to treat the symptoms of the syndrome also come with their own potential risks.
Medications like metformin and the thiazolidinediones used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes may reduce glucose and triglyceride levels. However, their role is controversial as a 10-year follow-up study conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group found that metformin was to be inferior to lifestyle interventions in a diabetes prevention program.
Similarly, a class of lipid-lowering drugs called statins have potentially serious side effects – causing muscle damage, pain and reduced exercise tolerance and insulin dysfunction.
2. Naturopathic & Functional Medicine
To improve your health and well-being, you may want to consider a naturopathic functional medicine doctor to address the causes and integrates a range of modalities and techniques that focuses on helping you restore optimum function and balance in your biochemical, physiological, mental, emotional and spiritual life.
how do you fix metabolic syndrome?
- Prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome should focus on managing the individual as a whole to address the root causes and associated risk factors.
- Transition to a KETOGENIC FODMAP diet.
- Increase your consumption of essential fatty acids, which can be found in nuts, seeds and deep-sea fish.
- Minimise your consumption of animal meats and refined carbohydrates including sugar, sweets, fruit juices, white bread, pasta and potatoes.
- Consume a plentiful variety of fresh seasonal vegetables.
- Drink clean filtered water, stored in plastic free bottles, and maintain a diet high in water-soluble fibres – psyllium seed husks, beans/legumes, oat bran, and pectin found in the outer skin and rind of fruits and vegetables.
- Introduce a minimum of 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise and resistance training.
- Practice stress management techniques, such as exercise, yoga, meditation and positive psychology.
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