This blog post may get your attention. Today, I am going to tell you about a disease that you may very well have and are not even aware of it. Yet this condition affects almost 24% of adults in this America…
This means that approximately one out of every four people in the United States is suffering with this condition. It is called the Metabolic Syndrome.
The metabolic syndrome may very well end your life prematurely. It is diagnosed in any individual who has three or more of the following items: abdominal obesity, elevated triglyceride levels, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, or high normal or high blood pressure, with the fifth item being a fasting blood sugar of 110 or greater.
In terms of abdominal obesity, it is considered positive in a woman with a waist circumference of 35 inches or greater and 40 inches or greater in a man. If you look at the criteria that make up the metabolic syndrome, it is certainly quite likely that you have this condition. The metabolic syndrome has clearly been identified as a risk factor for heart attack and cardiovascular death.
In the March edition of the Journal of Women’s Health, researchers from Harvard studied the effect of Metabolic Syndrome and other risk factors in young women (under age 45) with non-fatal myocardial infarction.
The researchers looked at multiple markers, including C reactive protein, homocysteine, and many other items. It was concluded that the predominant predictor of non-fatal heart attack in young women was metabolic syndrome. The authors stress the need for screening young women with central obesity and other parameters of metabolic syndrome to help diminish the risk of heart attack at a young age.
The metabolic syndrome actually increases in frequency with age. It is estimated that by the time you are in your fifties, there is a 40% likelihood that you will have this condition. The reason is that older people have more abdominal fat, and therefore, higher insulin resistance, along with other issues.
If you are aware of previous blood work, or concerns over blood pressure and waist circumference, you can make this diagnosis without seeing a doctor. But if you are one of the unfortunate tens of millions of people who may have this syndrome, do not despair.
Authorities largely agree that by losing only 5-10% of your body weight, you can significantly improve your overall health, and may likely no longer meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome. Think about that. If you weigh 200 pounds, all that you have to lose is ten or twenty pounds to potentially make a meaningful change in your risk of dying prematurely.
For anyone who meets the criteria for metabolic syndrome, or is on the verge of meeting the criteria, it is critically important that you do three things.
1. Lose Weight
First off, weight loss, as I indicated above, is essential. The Walker Diet Program is a rather painless way to accomplish this. I refer you to Dr. Walker’s site for more details about this program.
2. Quality Multivitamin
The second important item is that you need to take a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient supplement. The metabolic syndrome appears to do damage to the cardiovascular system via the excess production of free radicals. Nutrients such as vitamins C and E, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and others are very important in counteracting these free radicals.
3. B Vitamins
Additionally, it is critically important to take good doses (far higher levels than the RDA/daily values that most vitamins contain) of B vitamins, especially B6, B12 and folic acid. This is to lower the levels of homocysteine, the toxic amino acid produced during normal metabolism. In the May edition of Nutrition Journal, the authors indicated the importance of lowering homocysteine with B vitamins in both patients with metabolic syndrome and Type II diabetes mellitus.
Fiber would be a effective addition to your foundational supplements. Fiber helps with many of the above concerns, and most people only get about 1/2 of their requirements from diet alone.
The final piece of the puzzle is regular exercise. This is not only good for promoting cardiovascular health, but also for mental well-being.
Look around. It is quite likely that you, a friend or a family member is suffering with metabolic syndrome, and you don’t even know it. Now is the time to make some important changes in your life, before it’s too late.
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