150816 The metabolic syndrome and what it means to your health
The metabolic syndrome is the name given by the medical profession to a group of health risks having a strong potential to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. These unhealthy conditions are for the most part avoidable simply by eating less and getting more exercise.
The five components of the syndrome are:
- A waist that is larger than 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men. Some men may be at risk even if their waist is greater than 37-39 inches.
- Low cholesterol readings of the good HDL. Women should have numbers under 50 and men should have their numbers under 40.
Higher than normal, but not necessarily high numbers in the following categories:
- Systolic blood pressure of 130 or higher and a diastolic reading of 85 or higher.
- Fasting blood sugar count of 110 or higher
- Tested triglycerides of 150 or above after fasting.
According to the doctors, a person with three or more of these five categories raises their risk of becoming diabetic and developing heart disease.
The research specialists believe the root cause of this syndrome is an inefficient insulin response.
The metabolic syndrome is the consequence of our body being ineffective in processing fats and sugars. The research shows that belly fat creates increased inflammation and a greater risk of heart disease in those with big bellies. These fat cells also release a product that can drive up blood pressure by reducing the blood vessels ability to relax between strokes. Additional problems with belly fat cells occur because they generate proteins that increase the process of insulin resistance.
In case you are wondering what the term insulin resistance means here is a brief explanation.
The hormone insulin makes it possible to remove glucose, also known as blood sugar, from the blood stream and put into the muscle tissues. The muscle uses this as energy for movement. If too much glucose is in the blood stream it is stored as fat. Therefore, the term insulin resistance means the body is having a hard time delivering the glucose to the muscle tissues (insulin resistance) so the amount of blood sugar rises in the blood stream.
The cause is the waist is too big! Our bellies are too fat, too large, too much over the belt, hanging out too far, you can call it whatever you want to, but the fact remains we are a nation of too much fat. And it is all in the wrong place.