Basic Home Assessment of Metabolic Syndrome
The healthiest waist measurement is below 94 cm for men, and 80 cm for women. A measurement of above 102 cm (for men) or 88 cm (for women) is one of the components of Metabolic Syndrome. You can take your waist measurement at home to monitor your risk for metabolic syndrome. Using flexible tape measure, measure at the point between the bottom of the rib cage and the top of the hip bone. This is accurate measurement even if this level is not the smallest part of your waist, or in line with your belly button.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is a condition in which a group of risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes occur together. Metabolic Syndrome is now recognised to be a leading cause of the two major causes of death in our society: HEART DISEASE and CANCER. These are both much more common in people with Metabolic Syndrome and increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by around 500%. If a person with Metabolic Syndrome develops cancer, it may be much more aggressive.
How do I know if I have Metabolic Syndrome?
You may have been diagnosed with some of the following:
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes or “Pre-diabetes” (at risk for diabetes)
- High Triglycerides
- Low “good” HDL cholesterol
- Carrying extra weight around your waist or a “beer gut
- Family history of diabetes, heart attack or stroke
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The other symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome
While Metabolic Syndrome causes the above features of the condition, it may also be responsible for some other symptoms you may be experiencing.
These other symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome include:
SKIN: Typical skin features are a darkening and roughening of skin and skin tags.
REPRODUCTIVE: (female): Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), early puberty, absent or infrequent menstrual periods, and infertility
NERVOUS SYSTEM: Depression, migraines and headaches, memory loss and dementia
SLEEP: Snoring and sleep apnoea. These can lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness.
What causes Metabolic Syndrome?
It is primarily due to the effects of unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as lack of exercise, poorly managed stress, and a high calorie , highly processed, nutrient deficient diet. These factors can throw your body out of balance and you lose the ability to regulate the levels of fat and sugar in your blood. This can cause many of the other symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Your Treatment Plan
Regular exercise, non-smoking, a nutritious diet, and stress reduction are all important. Some programs have proven to be better than others.
Speak to Claudia today about which nutritional plan and lifestyle changes are most adequate for you.