Do you have metabolic syndrome?

January 28, 2015 5:29 PM

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Do you have metabolic syndrome?

The term metabolic syndrome was first used in 1977 by Dr. Hermann Haller to describe the interconnected relationship of obesity, diabetes, high blood fats, and other factors. The term has gotten traction in more recent times, aided largely by the publication of several books on the topic. Also known as syndrome X, metabolic syndrome is characterized by risk factors that greatly increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, or stroke. One key risk factor is increased insulin resistance, in which insulin is less effective for controlling blood sugar. The other risk factor is increased fat around the waist. A so-called “apple physique” is a common indicator of metabolic syndrome. Lack of exercise, poor diet, aging and some genetic factors increase the risk of metabolic syndrome. Without question, this disease is a companion to both obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Metabolic syndrome also involves increased inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a key factor in every chronic and degenerative disorder, from cardiovascular disease to neurodegenerative disorders. Inflammation is a big factor in health and disease. Dietary changes can effectively eradic...

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