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Are you at risk of Metabolic Syndrome?

30 Jul 2013 7:22 PM - Cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and more...

Metabolic syndrome is the term given to a cluster of health conditions which, when they occur simultaneously, increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke and if left unaddressed can, in the long term cause damage to your heart, kidneys, liver and arteries.

Generally speaking, someone could be considered to be at increased risk if they have a waist circumference of more than 94cm for men or 80cm for women along with two or more of the following:

  • Raised fasting glucose levels
  • High blood pressure
  • High triglycerides
  • Low HDL cholesterol (i.e. the "good" cholesterol).

Is this you or someone you know? It is estimated that up to one quarter of the Australian population might meet this criteria.  If there is a family history of any of these factors then that is even more reason to do something about it now.

If you are wondering if you may have metabolic syndrome, it is a simple case of checking your waist measurement, having your blood pressure checked and having some basic blood tests done.

So, what causes these problems?

In some instances, there may be a genetic predisposition to developing some or all of these markers.  However, all of these problems can be caused or made worse by poor management of diet and lifestyle. 

Factors such as:

  • a diet with excessive calories and high in processed foods, saturated fats and sugar,
  • lack of exercise,
  • too much poorly controlled stress,
  • smoking and
  • perhaps a body which is not detoxifying effectively

all contribute to the risk of developing of metabolic syndrome.  In some respects, they simply prevent your body from doing its job of regulating the levels of sugars and fats in the blood and things start to slowly go downhill from there.

However, the good news is you can do a lot to correct these problems before they take hold. 

Start with:

  • Simple changes to the food choices you make,
  • getting active with an exercise you enjoy or increasing your incidental exercise,
  • losing a little weight if required and
  • developing good relaxation and stress management habits. 

Don't leave it until it is too late......take action now and your elderly self will thank you

And if you feel a little overwhelmed by all this, that is where I can help.  In addition to diet and lifestyle advice, naturopaths have a wonderful arsenal of nutritional and herbal supplements which can support your health by improving your cholesterol profile, helping you to lose weight, increase your energy and improving your ability to handle stress.

It doesn't have to be difficult to make improvements to your diet and I can help you to make simple and effective long lasting changes. Call me on 9620 9503 if you would like to know more.

In good health,

  

Kaye Wright
Naturopath,
Melbourne CBD

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