What is Metabolic Syndrome?

What is metabolic syndrome and how do I know if I have it? If I have it, what do I need to do to improve my health and reverse metabolic syndrome?

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Originally posted in 2017 and updated in April of 2021.

Understanding metabolic syndrome and what to do to reverse it is vitally important. The content in this post is for informational purposes only. For personal medical advice, talk with your doctor.

But First… A COVID Correlation

Data is finally being released that shows the correlation between (what we know as) metabolic syndrome and COVID. COVID-19 is a virus, that’s simple… but here’s what’s interesting about these findings: it’s a spotlight on how outward influence (a virus) impacts healthy people vs. those with metabolic syndrome.

Data from the CDC as of April 8th, 2021:

“Among 148,494 adults who received a COVID-19 diagnosis during an emergency department (ED) or inpatient visit at 238 U.S. hospitals during March–December 2020, 28.3% had overweight and 50.8% had obesity.”- CDC

That’s 79.1% of those in this survey that were diagnosed as overweight or obese. There is a high probability that it’s possible (with more data) that we could see well over 80% of those with severe negative impacts (from the virus) to have metabolic syndrome.

This COVID analysis signifies that our body (if we have metabolic syndrome) is much more likely to have negative outcomes due to outward influence than those without metabolic syndrome.

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

A cluster of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you have 3 of these, you’ve got it.

Waist is Larger Than…

If you’re a woman and your waistline is greater than 35 inches or a man with a waistline greater than 40 inches.

How to find out? This one’s easy. Measure it!

Triglyceride Levels are too High

Triglycerides are a type of fat in your blood. Your body uses Triglycerides for energy. However, high levels causes problems for your heart.

You might be overweight, consuming too many carbs, a smoker, little physical activity, disease, meds and some genetic disorders.

How to find out? Blood test (usually accompanied as a lipid panel (triglycerides, cholesterol, and HDL).

You’re in trouble: 150 milligrams per deciliter,(mg/dL), or 1.7 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), or higher of this type of fat found in blood

(HDL) Cholesterol is too Low

HDL helps to remove the LDL “bad cholesterol” from the walls of your arteries.

You might have uncontrolled diabetes, are a smoker, too sedentary, overweight, lousy diet, and in some cases genetics.

How to find out? Blood test (usually accompanied as a lipid panel (triglycerides, cholesterol, and HDL).

You’re in trouble: Less than 40 mg/dL (1.04 mmol/L) in men or less than 50 mg/dL (1.3 mmol/L) in women of this “good” cholesterol

High Blood Pressure

The force of blood against the arteries’ walls.

You might be overweight, drink too much alcohol, are a smoker, and/or have family history of High Blood Pressure.

How to find out: A simple blood pressure test from your doctor, nurse, or machine at the Pharmacy.

You’re in trouble: 130/85 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher

Fasting Blood Sugar is Too High

Is your body able to regulate blood glucose properly?

How to find out: prick your finger and test the blood with a Glucometer. Or even better, get access to a CGM and learn how to manage blood sugar better.

You’re in trouble: 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) or higher

Metabolic Syndrome

If you have 3 or more of the indicators above, you have metabolic syndrome, which makes it more probable that you may develop:

  1. Cancer
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease
  3. Obesity (marker for something else going on)
  4. Diabetes
  5. Stroke
  6. Coronary Heart Disease
  7. & More

Keto Diet as a Tool to Reverse Metabolic Syndrome

The Ketogenic Diet limits carbohydrate intake and helps to reverse net damage due to overconsumption of sugars.

If you’re unsure on what the Keto Diet is exactly, read this post: Intro to the Keto Diet

In addition to limiting carb intake, it’s also beneficial to:

  • Get Adequate Sleep
  • Reduce Overall Calorie Intake
  • Improve Micronutrient Intake
  • Avoid Stress
  • Lift Heavy Weight
  • Avoid Being Sedentary

Take a look at how different products and activities impact blood sugar in this post.

Take a peek at how the US Government’s recommendations impact blood sugar, in this post.

What is Metabolic Syndrome

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