article compiled by Dieter Luske
Australia is now apparently the fattest nation in the world, with more than nine million adults classified as obese or overweight.
Four million Australians are considered obese (26% of the adult population) and five million are considered overweight (33% of the adult population).
Being obese or overweight is extremely unhealthy, contributes to preventable lifestyle diseases, and has been shown to increase your risk of many chronic illnesses, including metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is classed as a "Lifestyle Syndrome or Lifestyle Disease. - Lifestyle Disease are preventable!
Metabolic syndrome is a condition, not a disease in itself, rather a collection of tell tale signs, often seen in people who are obese or overweight. This condition can affect your blood sugar control, your cholesterol levels, your blood pressure and long term can significantly increase your risk of developing heart disease and/or diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome is now recognised as a major contributing factor behind the two major causes of death in our society: heart disease and cancer.
In fact, if you have metabolic syndrome, this increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by around 500%!
1 in 4 Australian adults have metabolic syndrome ...
It is estimated that 19-29% of Australian adults aged 25 and above have metabolic syndrome.
If you have been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions, you may have metabolic syndrome:
High blood pressure - Hypertension (Often resolved with losing weight) - 125 over 80 is considered normal ...
Diabetes - Pre Diabetes .. risk of diabetes - impaired glucose tolerance -
Insulin resistance - increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Problems with your triglycerides or cholesterol. -
LDL ... low density lipoproteins is the "bad one"
HDL ... High density lipoproteins is the "good guy, the protective one"
Carrying extra weight around your waist.
Your waistline is your strongest indicator for metabolic syndrome, showing a tummy, shows an inclination for metabolic syndrome
Many factors contribute to the development of metabolic syndrome, including:
Lack of exercise.
Poorly managed stress.
A high calorie diet.
A diet high in processed foods and sugar.
Toxicity - Stop Smoking
These factors can throw your body out of balance so you lose the ability to regulate the levels of fat and sugar in your blood. This can cause cardiovascular problems, like high blood pressure, and increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes – affecting your long-term health.
Keeping your weight under control is the first step to addressing metabolic syndrome.
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Being obese or overweight is the number one risk factor for metabolic syndrome, and where the fat is stored actually has a major influence on the risk of metabolic syndrome.
Abdominal fat (i.e. fat around your mid-section) increases your risk far more than general body fat.
The preferred waist measurement for men is below 94 cm, and for women it’s below 80 cm.
A measurement of above 102 cm for men or above 88 cm for women puts you at risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
Obesity or being overweight in conjunction with metabolic syndrome, can be prevented and can be treated by natural means.
If you think you may already have metabolic syndrome, it’s not all bad news. Metabolic syndrome, like obesity is largely caused by diet and lifestyle, so there is a lot that can be done to remedy the condition, providing you address it early enough.
The bad news is that if you do not address the causes of metabolic syndrome, it can lead to irreversible damage to your heart and arteries, kidneys, liver and nervous system.
Take the first step today, don't wait any longer! Start eating healthy and get into exercise!
Along with a healthy lifestyle and diet, there are many nutritional and herbal supplements that have been shown to be very effective at addressing metabolic syndrome.
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Dieter L. Editor of useNature Gold Coast - Brisbane
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The information provided in this article is intended for general use and for personal interest only. It should not be used or understood as suggestion or medical advice.