Diabetes, Cancer, Arthritis, or Gastritis… All these are commonly known as ‘diseases,’ as things you have to get rid of, and you may recover from. The good news is that all these health conditions are mostly connected with metabolic syndrome, and they are not gene mutations in an individual’s DNA sequence. In other words, they are preventable, controllable, or even reversible!
In this article, you will find out what metabolic syndrome is, how metabolic syndrome occurs, what are the risk factors, and how to manage them.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a result of metabolic disorders uniting and leading to a severe health condition. It affects around 25% of adults, moreover, creates a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers in the long term. The main reasons for metabolic syndrome include obesity, age, and physical inactivity.
How Does a Metabolic Syndrome Occur?
Metabolic syndrome is most likely to occur if you have certain risk factors. These risk factors are being overweight, having excess fat around the waist, systolic blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, or abnormal triglyceride levels.
Metabolic syndrome is actually our bodies’ reaction to adapting our unhealthy lifestyles. That’s why we can say that diabetes is not a disease but a response our bodies develop. For example, insulin resistance is developed as an adaptation to prevent hyperglycemia, which can damage vital organs and increase the risk of heart, kidney, and nerve-related disease.
Even though metabolic syndrome is a severe health condition you can still reduce your risks significantly by changing your lifestyle for the better.
Nutrition Has a Major Role in Metabolic Syndrome
Avoiding saturated and trans fats, refined sugar, and salty processed foods is important to maintain a healthy weight and prevent developing insulin resistance. Eating fiber-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and limiting your alcohol intake lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, including type 2 diabetes.
Let us explain the connection between nutrition and metabolic syndrome through an example. If you end up having too much glucose by eating pasta, bread, cake, or similar, your body will save your life by becoming insulin resistant. Because, when too much glucose goes into the body, it will kill the cells and lead to serious health problems. This is an adaptive response of our bodies that are connected directly with nutrition.
Physical Activity Can Help Prevent Metabolic Syndrome
Increasing your daily physical activity is essential to prevent metabolic syndrome. Having excess weight around your waist is a significant risk factor for the development of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, or even certain types of cancer.
Researchers say at least 30 minutes of exercise per day can help you lose weight, boost your metabolism, balance your blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce high blood sugar levels. In other words, everything you need to lower your risk of having metabolic syndrome.
You Can Prevent, Control, or Even Reverse Metabolic Syndrome
Before summing up, we want to give you insights from Dr. Lodi’s experiences on metabolic syndrome. Dr. Lodi of The LifeCo explains how you can prevent, control, and even reverse metabolic syndrome:
‘In modern medicine, the whole concept of disease is that disease is the thing you have to get rid of through a magic potion. But this is the body engaging homeostatic corrective measures or adaptations to maintain the functional integrity of the organism until the organism either dies or decides to change its habits.
‘You need to remove the reason for metabolic syndrome. We’ve had people with advanced-stage 4 cancers. They did not eat for 42 days, were supervised, and the cancer was gone. This is not irrational or wishful thinking. It really happens, and it’s been happening for millennia. But still, not everybody will get it a hundred percent of the time, and it needs to be supervised by physicians who know what they are doing with regards to the fact.
What we call diseases is just the body’s adaptations to an unhealthy lifestyle. Today a significant percentage of conditions, expect genetic syndrome, are lifestyle-related. What we need to do is to lead a lifestyle that is congruent with our biology and biological needs. We have to care about what we eat.’