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What is Metabolic Syndrome?

A Naturopathic Approach to Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is defined as a combination of three of the following five conditions: abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure (hypertension), low HDL cholesterol and high serum triglycerides. Having these three conditions puts an individual at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

What are symptoms of metabolic syndrome? 

Metabolic syndrome is becoming increasingly common with age. According to the NHS, it’s estimated 1 in 3 adults aged 50 and over are affected with metabolic syndrome. Symptoms of metabolic syndrome include:

  1. Increased or high blood pressure
  2. Inability to control blood sugar levels
  3. Excess body fat around the waist
  4. Being very overweight
  5. Abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  6. High triglyceride levels
  7. Low HDL levels (the ‘good’ cholesterol)

How can I prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome? 

By making diet and lifestyle changes, preventing or reversing metabolic syndrome is possible. A nutrition and lifestyle plan is tailored to your eating and lifestyle habits, along with key herbal and nutritional supplements that provide your body with the nutrients to reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, improve the gut microbiome and provide energy to your cells.

Many metabolic syndrome risk factors are modifiable, and we will work with these throughout your consultations. However, some risk factors are non-modifiable such as genetics, gender and age and ethnicity.

 

This is precisely why there is no one size fits all intervention. A personalised approach is necessary to prevent and manage metabolic syndrome.

 

Why is it important to reverse metabolic syndrome? 

If you’ve been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, it’s important to take action and make diet and lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing a more serious condition like type 2 diabetes or heart and blood vessel disease.

Your personalised protocol will include help to: 

  1. Lose weight
  2. Exercise and move regularly
  3. Eat a balanced, healthy diet with plenty of nutrient-rich foods
  4. Balance blood sugar naturally
  5. Manage cholesterol levels
  6. Uncover hidden infections or pathogens contributing to your ill-health
  7. Maintain a healthy gut microbiome
  8. Establish a restful sleep routine
  9. Manage and reduce chronic stress
  10. Address environmental toxins

Contact me if you have any questions about metabolic syndrome or if you’d like to book your nutrition consultation.

 

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