Health Destroyer Metabolic Syndrome is a combination of medical disorder that increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It affects one in five people in cities and one in eight in rural areas. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome increases with age. Metabolic Syndrome is also known as Metabolic Syndrome X, Syndrome X, Insulin Resistance, Reaven’s Syndrome and CHAOS.
Some Important Data –
- The mortality rate for metabolic syndrome is 2.5 times higher that for Non-Metabolic Syndrome. – American Medical Association and “Chung Hwa Daily” Medical website.
- As many as 1 in 4 American adults and 40% of adults age 40 or older have metabolic syndrome, and increase of 61% over the last decade. – CNN.COM, metabolic syndrome, 9 Mar 2004.
- Bodies deficient in nutrients and overloaded with toxic waste are creating an epidemic in United States, where 65% of Americans are chronologically ill and 20% of teenagers are suffering from premature aging. – ‘Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity’ by Dr Edward Howell.
Scientists have discovered that a healthy body can live up to 120 years! Then why is it that even with proper diet, exercise, care and highly advanced medicine systems, so many people die at an early age from organ failure such as heart attack, liver cirrhosis, diabetes and cancer etc.? This raises a question with regard to the missing link between the present day Medical Science and the reasons for premature degeneration of human organs. Many people can not enjoy long life because their cells fail to work at peak optimal level. This is mainly the result of metabolic disorder that brings in many fatal illnesses.
We now know that to prolong life, we need to complement nutritional health with metabolic health. Nutritional health can be maintained by nutrients from food supplements, but metabolic health can only be preserved by regular exercise.
Metabolic Health – The Missing Link in Prolonging Life
Healthy metabolism is the continuous process of breakdown and renewal performed inside cells, as well as between cells, that result in growth, energy production, waste elimination and the control of your body functions such as a digesting food, distributing nutrients in the blood, breathing, blinking, walking, talking etc.
- Fasting Hyperglycemia – Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 – Fasting Sugar- Upper limit of Normal at above 180 mg/dl.
- Impaired fasting Glucose – Upper Limit of Normal at under 110 mg/dl.
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance – For two hours Glucose levels of 140-199 mg/dl.
- Insulin Resistance (IR) – Normal amount of insulin inadequate to produce normal insulin response from fat, muscles and liver cells.
- High Blood Pressure above – 130/85
- Central Obesity – Fat deposit mainly around waist – Male pattern of apple-shaped adiposity, waist: hip ratio > 0.90 (male); >0.85(female) and/or body mass index > 30 kg/m2.
- Waist line above 40″ and 36″ for men and women respectively.
- Decreased HDL Cholesterol (Good Cholesterol) less than 40 mg/dl for men and less than 50 mg/dl for women.
- Elevated Triglycerides greater than 150mg/dl.
- Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical, but often it is mental.
- Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet. Metabolic Syndrome sufferers who eat carbohydrates sometimes suffer from gas.
- Sleepiness. Many people with insulin resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal containing more than 20% to 30% carbohydrates.
- Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty in loosing weight. For most people, too much weight is too much fat. The fat in MS is generally stored in and around abdominal organs in both male and females.
- Depression. Because of the deranged metabolism depression is said to be the prevalent psychological symptom with MS.
The main cause of Metabolic Syndrome is the change in lifestyle. Most of us do not realize that, at what point of time our lifestyle started changing and by the time one realizes it has already caused some irreparable damage. Infact, most of us are not aware about the needs of the body to function in an orderly manner. Earlier we followed the advice given by our elders to remain healthy but the younger generation does not even follow that. We continue to maintain our body without any formal training and understanding. Don’t you feel, we are a bit too casual about it? Other factors which also attribute to Metabolic Syndrome are-
- Intake of drugs/alcohol/tobacco products and toxin substance.
- Food/water and Air pollution
- Stress & strain
- Chemical in the form of drugs and medicines
- Highly refined and polished food- non-fibrous diet
- Artificial life- away from nature
The first line treatment of Metabolic Syndrome (MS) is change in lifestyle (i.e. caloric restriction and physical activity). However, the specific diseases should be taken care off separately. The change in lifestyle should be taken up gradually in a phased manner and it should not be abrupt change. Keep a check on the obesity, BP, Diabetes, Triglycerides, LDL through regular monitoring. Appropriate physical exercise is essential for resolving Metabolic Syndrome (MS).