The story of Metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular diseases.
In the Beginning, it was only weight gain, which soon turned into Obesity. And it was predominat in the abdomen. There was no problem felt. Life was all fun with rich food, drinks and associated life styles.
Insulin Resistance (Pre-diabetic condition) and increase in blood pressure had joined the chorus,subsequently. Even then, there were no visible symptoms to stop the junk food , drinks and life style. What was not seen and felt was non-existent!
Now, things have dramatically changed.The doctor’s report states in no uncertain terms that the individual is affected by Metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of all the three elements stated above, to create and unleash serious health hazards of cardiovascular diseases, which include heart attack and stroke!
Lessons to learn:
If your waist measurements exceed 36″, the time has come for serious action. You have, without doubt, increased abdominal weight and higher BMI. It MUST be reduced, without further delay.
Abdominal obesity causes Insulin Resistant conditions,(Pre diabetic) and increases blood pressure. If your fasting sugar levels , blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels increase beyond prescribed levels, the condition points to only one direction- Cardiovascular Disease! The cluster of these elements are known as Metabolic syndrome.
Approximately 47 million people in USA suffer from Metabolic syndrome. Origin of this disease, causing obesity, are Nutritional Disorders and lack of physical exercises.
All patients diagnosed with this condition should be encouraged to change their sendentary life style habits, diet and exercise habits as primary therapy. Weight loss improves all aspects of the syndrome as well as cause and cardiovascular mortality.
Regular exercise lowers blood pressure and improves lipid levels thus reversing insulin resistant conditions.
Skeletal muscle is the most insulin sensitive tissue in the body and therefore, the primary target for impacting insulin resistance. Physical exercise has a higher impact and must be the major activity to reverse the effect of insulin resistant condition.
Sustained dietary changes to include adequate micronutrients (Calcium, iron, folate) and to reduce intake of calories. Low fat,low carbohydrate and low sodium diet reduce blood pressure. Increasing dietary fiber lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Alcohol consumption is closely associated with elevation of serum triglyceride levels, and therefore, consumption should be reduced to moderate levels.( 1 drink/day for women and 2 drinks/day for men would be OK )
Men with all the three factors of this sysndrome viz- abdominal obesity,Insulin resistance and high blood pressure face a real serious risk of heart attack or stoke, which comes without warning!
Give due recognition and respect to your internal body system- Feed them only what they need!