Metabolic Syndrome Explained – Part 1

Welcome to this 6-part blog series, which is designed to break down the conditions that fall within the term “Metabolic Syndrome”.  I am passionate about opening eyes to the severity of these conditions and the overall probable effect, which is why I have spent a great deal of focus on this condition in my field of nutrition.

 

Why is this so important to me? 

Because I have been there, and it took me 10 years of hard work to get my health back. While working at a high pace, successful family retail business in the specialty foods industry, I pushed myself to extremes both professionally and personally. This stress I put myself under daily—over years—left me struggling with extreme anxiety and panic attacks, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, hormonal issues to include leptin resistance, very high cortisol as well as female hormone imbalance, as well as obesity—it’s a pretty long list.  I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired and taking various prescriptions my doctor prescribed which came with their own set of side effects. The only thing I could think of was to learn about the body so I can manage my own body and make better decisions.  I no longer wanted to be a puppet. I signed up for school in my mid 50’s to learn about nutrition just to save my own life. I had no idea I was going to do this professionally but fell in love with the knowledge and freedom it created for me to make informed decisions and find a better path to health. Five years later while working full time and going to school part-time, I became a Nutrition Therapist Master and wanted to share my experience with others so they can avoid the road I had unknowingly chosen.

If the conditions that lead to metabolic syndrome are better understood, my hope is people will pay attention to the signs earlier than I did due to lack of knowledge on my part. If these conditions are left unaddressed—over time—people are unknowingly increasing the likelihood of more serious conditions to include type 2 diabetes (T2D), stroke, and heart attack. There is also research currently underway that is leaning toward Alzheimer’s as a condition derived from blood sugar dysregulation and further progression of T2D. Early research is in and the relationship between type 2 diabetes, and what is referred to as type 3 diabetes (Alzheimer’s Disease) that attacks the brain. This might explain the increase in T2D and the explosion of Alzheimer’s Disease amongst our elderly population. I wish I knew more before my mother was stricken by Alzheimer’s—and she always thought she was doing the right thing and teaching me the same at a very young age—according to our Standard American Diet. We won’t talk about the Standard American Diet now, but if interested, I do have a separate program that goes into great detail about what we have been taught since the late 1950s and what went wrong and how to fix things. This program is called Mind Over Meals and it is a great way to get the knowledge behind you to help make the change permanent.

 

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is described of any 3 of the following conditions:

  • Obesity; especially around the midsection
  • High blood sugar
  • Hypertension
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • Elevated triglycerides

Metabolic: is a reaction that occurs when energy (food/nutrients) is converted to create a reaction that generates chemical change at the cellular level; which produces the specific energy source needed to create all new materials necessary to keep a chain reaction going which ultimately results in what the body needs. This is done through proper nutrition (fuel).

Syndrome: is when a group of conditions that come together to create a malfunction of sorts; which can lead to further degradation of your body. Let’s just say it creates the perfect storm for more serious conditions to exist and thrive.

In this series, we will cover the conditions of Metabolic Syndrome and explain how the conditions progress into a more complicated syndrome and a whole list of health problems.

 

Metabolic Syndrome and Covid-19:

You may have heard reports about how those with underlying conditions of metabolic syndrome are associated with more intense symptoms of Covid-19 as well as higher rates of hospitalization and death among those with some of the conditions of metabolic syndrome. Simply put, your body is in a compromised health condition and while the body is stretched to its limits taking care of blood pressure, high glucose, and/or high triglycerides—how can it be expected to take on one more thing as serious as Covid-19?  Which ailment should it give up on to fight yet another health condition?

Part 2 of this series is “Understanding Hypertension” and will be out next Friday. If you are not already signed up for our e-news, please do so and this series will appear in your inbox.

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