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Are you struggling with weight loss, and the resulting poor health? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything, but the number on the scale just won’t budge?
You may be suffering from Metabolic Syndrome, a chronic illness common to developed countries. The Canadian Medical Association Journal estimates that Metabolic Syndrome affects 19% of Canadians with some older populations approaching nearly 40%.
If left unmanaged, Metabolic Syndrome can lead to many serious health issues in later life including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Defined as a disorder of metabolism, Metabolic Syndrome consists of:
- High blood sugar
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- Increased blood pressure
- Excess fat stored around the waist
What causes Metabolic Syndrome?
When aggregated together these risk factors are known to cause a cluster of health issues including arteriosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries), diabetes and hypertension (elevated blood pressure).
Metabolic Syndrome is often accompanied by a lifestyle where an imbalance has occurred between the energy consumed and the energy required by the body. When surplus food is consumed, excess energy is stored in the body as triglycerides and free fatty acids. It is this accumulation of fats that can lead to longer term health issues.
Some debate still exists over what mechanism actually causes Metabolic Syndrome. Researchers believe the cause may be related to insulin resistance – when the body does not effectively use insulin to turn sugar from food into energy for the body.
Genetics, older age, inactivity, lifestyle and a diet high in fat also appear to play a role. What is known is that consistently consuming more calories in a day than the body is able to burn causes a variety of health issues. Blood pressure rises with age, as do fat stores that have accumulated in the artery walls. Blood glucose rises as visceral fat stores increase, LDL or “bad cholesterol” and other fat stores known as triglycerides go up just at the time protective HDL or “good cholesterol” is in decline.
Although every human body is slightly different and body chemistry partially influences health outcomes, one thing remains clear: our bodies operate best when we balance caloric intake with our levels of activity. When we do not, we begin to observe health issues related to our metabolic system.
If you have three or more of the following conditions, you are by definition considered to have metabolic syndrome:
- High fasting blood glucose levels (5.6 mmol/L or higher)
- High blood pressure (130/85 mm Hg or higher)
- High levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood (1.7 mmol/L or higher)
- Low levels of HDL, the “good” blood cholesterol (lower than 1.0 mmol/L in men or 1.3 mmol/L in women)
- Abdominal obesity or too much fat around your waist – a waist circumference of greater than 102 cm (40 inches) in men and greater than 88 cm (35 inches) in women
The more conditions you have, the higher your risks of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is that early detection, management and therapeutic lifestyle change can have a significant impact on outcomes for patients with Metabolic Syndrome.
How can Copeman Healthcare help you manage Metabolic Syndrome?
Copeman Healthcare’s collaborative approach to managing Metabolic Syndrome combines the medical knowledge of a physician with the specialized expertise of kinesiologists, dietitians and family health nurses.
Metabolic Syndrome guidelines allow us to assess your individual risk and set personal health targets for key indicators such as blood glucose, lipids, triglycerides, waist circumference and weight.
After an initial assessment, you will set goals for lifestyle modification, education and follow-up. We will monitor key health indicators on a monthly basis until your targets have been achieved. We will then follow up on a quarterly basis to ensure you are staying on track.
You will be supported every step of the way
Through proactive management, the earliest signs of Metabolic Syndrome can deter or significantly delay the onset of serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Reducing your risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome often has the added benefit of driving increased energy, self-esteem and an overall feeling of wellness. Are you ready to take control of your health and weight?
Let Copeman Healthcare guide your success.