Metabolic Syndrome

Over-weight/obesity

Before you began to label yourself as over-weight/obesity, know that you are not alone. National studies show that obesity is one of the fastest growing symptoms all across America. Obesity is defined as having too much body fat. This is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person can be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat.
Either way, it means that a person’s weight is higher than what is thought to be healthy for his or her height.

The top 3 reason for obesity is high intake of calories, lack of physical exercise, and intake of alcohols. However, it is said that it is harder for a person to change their life-style or eating habit than converting to different religion. This statement summarizes not only the challenge of overcoming eating habit but also shows the complexity behind one’s eating habit.

However, medical intervention or treatments can cause weight gain,

If you are taking medicine such as birth control pills, antidepressants, and antipsychotic can influences greatly to your weight.

If you are being treated for hypothyroidism which slows down your metabolism can cause weight gain.

If you quit smoking

If you are under a lot of stress, depressed, or not sleeping well

If your women, then menopause or not losing weight they gained during pregnancy.

 

High cholesterol

The number one cause of death in US for men and women are related to heart disease. One of the risk factor for having a heart disease is having high cholesterol in our blood. The higher your cholesterol level increases, you will be at higher chance of having a heart attack.

But high cholesterol itself does not cause the symptoms; therefore, it is important that you routinely check your cholesterol level for prevention.
There are four numbers to look at when the test is conducted:

Function Normal Range
Total Cholesterol Overall number of fats in blood Less than 200 mg/dL
LDL (bad) cholesterol Main reason for build up in arteries Less than 100 mg/dL
HDL (good) cholesterol Removes bad cholesterol from arteries More than 40 mg/dL
Triglycerides Another form of fat in arteries Less than 150mg/dL

 

Hypertension (high blood pressure)

In US, every 1 person out of 3 people has high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also another risk factor to increasing your chance of getting heart diseases and kidney diseases. As the pressure in your arteries increase, the heart has to pump harder to push the blood in the arteries and this takes a toll on heart and kidney which are two main organs to circulate and clean the blood.

With busy lifestyle or stressful environment blood pressure can rise but at the same time, with the right care blood pressure can be easily managed and controlled without medication. Checking your blood pressure takes only about 5 minutes and it can be easily conducted in pharmacies or at home with a machines.

There are two numbers you want to be aware of:

Category Systolic
(top number)
Diastolic
(Bottom number)
Normal Less than 120 Less than 80
Prehypertension 120-139 80-89
High blood pressure
-Stage 1 140-159 90-99
-Stage 2 Higher than 160 Higher than 100

 

Insulin Resistance / Diabetes

Diabetes is usually a chronic disease in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood.
Normally, after you eat a meal, sugars are broken down in your digestive tract and distributed to your cells. As it travels through arteries, insulin is created from pancreas to store the sugar for long term usage.

In diabetic patients there are two different types.

Type 1 diabetes is when insulin is not produced or produces little by pancreas where the patient becomes dependant on insulin injection. This type can occur at any age and the cause is unknown.

Type 2 diabetes is when your cells do not respond properly to insulin bringing in sugar (glucose) to cells. Therefore, you become hyperglycemic (high sugar) which in overtime, high levels of sugar will slowly deteriorate the inside walls of arteries.
They are both severe disease and if it is not properly cared then it can lead to death in sudden cases due to complication. And even though type 2 might seem milder than type 1, due to its gradual process of diseases, one might suddenly have symptoms with the right trigger.

If you are over 45 years old and are obese then we encourage you to test for glucose level in the blood.

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