Metabolic Syndrome-what it means to YOU-part 1
Another 5 million Aussies are overweight.
Which category are you in??
Don’t think this applies to you?
Men with 25% bodyfat and women with 33% bodyfat or above are considered obese.
Scary isn’t it.
So what is Metabolic Syndrome and what does this have to do with it?
The following are some of the signs that you may be suffering from metabolic syndrome:
- Large waist circumference-greater than 94cm for men and 80cm for women
- Unhealthy cholesterol levels
- Elevated blood pressure-systolic greater than 130mmHg and diastolic greater than 85mmHg
- High blood sugar levels
Why should this worry me?
If you develop Metabolic Syndrome (or already have) your risk of death from all causes in significantly higher.
You are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease
You are five times as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes
Fat used to be thought of as simply a storage tissue where the body stockpiled excess energy. It is now known that fat produces hormones and other chemicals that interact with your bodies systems and organs.
These produce many changes in your body including your ability to judge when you are full while eating and how your body uses and stores energy. The wrong messages are sent to your brain and other parts of your body.
Inflammatory chemicals are increased that affect your blood sugar levels and also make cholesterol more sticky and more likely to form plaques and clots in your blood vessels.
Problems with blood sugar or insulin resistance are two of the first signs of Metabolic Syndrome. These problems often goes undiagnosed though-how often do you get your blood sugar levels checked?? An easier way to tell is if you are overweight. This is one of the first noticeable signs that things are not right.
People with insulin resistance find it harder to lose weight as the body’s ability to mobilise and burn fat is reduced. Blood sugar levels may be all over the place causing energy levels to fluctuate throughout the day. This causes an over consumption of food that compounds the problem. It’s like vicious circle.
What can I do about it?
First you need to address the issues than caused the problems in the first place.
- Weight gain
- Alcohol consumption
- Overconsumption of processed foods especially grain based ones
- Lack of exercise
Watch out for Part Two of this post to see exactly what lifestyle changes you can make to improve your chances of reversing or avoiding Metabolic Syndrome