Metabolic Madness

Metabolic Syndrome – why is this term causing us so much confusion ? 
We really need to take this conditon seriously, the numbers for diabetes and obesity are on the rise. Yet its so simple to take steps in your own hands to make sure you are not 
 

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that will increase a person’s risk of stroke, Type 2 diabetes and heart attack.

The symptoms include –

1. Central Obesity – that means your waist is 95 cm for a male and 80 cm for a female. Metabolic syndrome | healthdirect

2. Elevated Blood Pressure. Normal Blood pressure is measured at 140/90mmHg – also known as Hypertension

3. Elevated blood sugar.  A normal blood glucose or blood sugar level is recognized as  4.0 – 7.8 millimoles of glucose per litre of blood (mmols/L)  Blood glucose target range | Diabetes Australia.

How can you find out if you are developing Metabolic Syndrome?  Every year we should have a health checkup. It’s important to know your numbers. If you are interested in preventing stroke, heart attack and kidney disease then you need to know your blood pressure numbers, to measure your waist and to know what your blood glucose levels (BGL) are.

You should also know what your fasting insulin is.  It’s just a fasted blood test and it’s really simple.  Most GP’s will do these tests for you, but you may have to request the Fasting Insulin Test as its not common practice. When you know these numbers then you can do something proactive about preventing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes from developing.

Did you know that type 2 diabetes can be silently developing in your body for up to 10 years before it becomes obvious.  All that time secretly causing damage to your blood vessels, your liver, your kidneys and last of all to your brain.

Following a lower carb diet and eliminating sugar from your nutrient intake is the best place to start.  Let me know if you’d like to chat about this more or perhaps, you’d like to take the time to listen to my on-line course. You can find the link here.