Ellie Brown, 47, resident of Michigan, has struggled with excessive body weight issues along with high blood sugar levels for the past 10 years. She undergoes regular medical checkups to make sure any unhealthy fluctuation can be caught right at the bud. Over the years, her blood reports have continued to indicate her blood sugar level to be above the normal range. Every time she goes for a doctor consultation, she is told that her blood sugar levels are a little high but not that high. No matter what diet she takes or how she exercises, it never goes down, nor does it ever get worse. She has been a pre-diabetic for years now and it has significantly impacted her quality of life. If you are someone who finds herself in Ellie’s shoes, then this blog is for you.
In this blog, we would find out the reasons behind the group occurrence of some unhealthy metabolic conditions (like high BP, high blood glucose level, low HDL, high blood cholesterol), how they link together, what is Metabolic Syndrome and how to overcome it. Let’s begin.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is the occurrence of a group of unhealthy medical conditions together. These conditions include:
- Increase in waist size measurement
- High Cholesterol or Triglycerides Level
- High Blood Pressure
- High Glucose Fasting Level
- Developing Insulin Resistance
- Low HDL (Healthy Cholesterol)
- Abnormal Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Increased Urine Microalbumin
Metabolic Syndrome is also a risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes, heart diseases, heart attack and stroke.
When should you visit a doctor?
You should be watchful of your body weight and go through regular blood tests to track any change or abnormalities. In case of a shift observed in any three of the above-mentioned conditions, you should consult a doctor who can actually help you.
What are the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome?
Although there are no obvious signs or symptoms of Metabolic syndrome, increased waist size measurement along with the presence of high blood sugar/ glucose level, fatigue, frequent urination and blurred vision are some of the symptoms which when they start to appear in a group of three or more, strongly indicate the presence of Metabolic Syndrome.
What are the causes of Metabolic Syndrome?
Two of the closely linked causes of Metabolic Syndrome are:
- Obesity or excess body weight
- Inactivity: Little to very less body movement. Hence, the sugar in the fat cells keeps getting deposited to an unhealthy extent.
- Insulin resistance: The digestive system breaks down the food you intake into sugar which is then absorbed by fat cells. This process takes place with the help of insulin which is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin is required for sugar to get absorbed by the fat cells.