Metabolic Syndrome

The word “metabolism” is often used to describe a process or a series of processes by which caloric intake is converted into energy and used throughout the day. Having a fast or slow metabolism may depend upon heredity, yet the science isn’t exact. Through the aging process metabolisms are likely to change, yet metabolic syndrome can also occur and cause a series of health problems. Causation cannot be attributed to one single entity; many scientists have concluded that a number of factors play significant roles in contributing to this condition. Those afflicted with this condition will become symptomatic of one or more of the following maladies.

Central weight gain, also known as abdominal obesity, is often the first sign that the body has become insulin resistant. Improper distribution from the islets of Langerhans inside the pancreas and into the bloodstream can result in mid-section expansion; sporadic glucose level readings will take place due to the lack of insulin reaching its intended destination, which can cause a number of other abnormalities to occur simultaneously. In some cases of insulin resistance, acquiring type II diabetes is more than likely. Other complications include developing high blood pressure, which in turn can have an adverse effect on the kidneys. Prolonged dysfunction of the kidneys can lead to renal failure. Having a stroke is also a possibility, as well as increasing the risk of having a heart attack. Atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease, and fatty liver disease (nonalcoholic) have also been linked to metabolic syndrome.

No actual cure is available for metabolic syndrome; however, preventive maintenance is the best prescription. Conferring with a health care specialist is the first step toward learning more about the collective circumstances that can increase the risk of dire consequences. Maintaining consistent targeted blood sugar levels should come first and foremost. By doing so, this type of discipline can dramatically decrease the amount of strain being put on the pancreas, heart, and kidneys. In addition, dietary restrictions come with this protective package. Consuming foods that are low in fat and sodium can mitigate problematic situations; increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) may make a significant difference in terms of added longevity. At least 30 minutes of exercise daily is also recommended, and by taking these precautionary measures and becoming proactive, the aforementioned vital organs should start to function as normal as possible.

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