Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome
  • 11:12 am,
  • December 09, 2016

The leading pathways to Death

And simple examples to combat these killer illnesses.

Metabolic Syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for Heart DiseaseDiabetes, stroke and other diseases, known in America as the leading causes of Death.

The term “Metabolic” refers to all the processes in your body working together to create the energy that keeps you going. Now, let’s link in your metabolism. Your metabolism is the rate at which your body’s many processes function, and it can be low, high, or somewhere in the middle. When you’re younger and more active, your metabolism can be high, making it easy to lose weight, but as you get older your metabolism slows down and you might put on a few extra pounds. Exercising will speed up your metabolism, and so does a good diet! Many factors come into play for high and low metabolism in people, so let’s break this down even further. Compare a person who has a lot of fat under their skin vs someone who has a lot of muscle under their skin, those who have more muscle actually increase the number of calories they burn;  on average it comes to 6-10 calories per pound of muscle you gain, while one pound of fat burns about two calories per day at rest. Fat is not a great physical state to be in, and we’re not just talking looks. Being overweight actually makes it harder to be healthier which means you will have to work 10x harder than someone with less body fat.

Before we start selling you on exercise we want to circle back to “metabolic syndrome” to demonstrate two life styles which act as a magnet to metabolic syndrome and a deterrent to Metabolic syndrome, so let’s talk about Bob and Jack:

Jack is not a healthy diet extremist, but he maintains a healthy balanced diet, avoiding as much dairy out of his diet, eats his fruits and veggies with lean grass fed beef and chicken and gets his vitamins and minerals from supplements. He has a 9-5 job, but takes walks during his lunch break. Takes the stairs avoiding elevators to burn those calories, and doesn’t let the daily stress of work, family life, and driving in traffic stress him out. He’s proactive with his health care and checks in with his Doctor for routine and preventative checkups. Gym time is his time to unwind and release stress, he doesn’t have a $200 a month gym membership its got everything he needs and Jack follows a stringent exercise routine from a great exercise program— water and whey protein are by his side. Jack also focuses on exercising his brain by simply reading and learning new things, laughing with friends and is always up for a good hike in the mountains. Jack loves his life and life around him.

Bob is also a go get’em type of guy, he’s known as a take charge guy at work and loves his job. He has a 9-5 job like Jack with a family and also has his daily routine. Bob claims he prefers to live for the “now” so he doesn’t have to stress about the future. At lunch Bob can easily eat cheese burgers and pizza every day with no regrets. Bob admits he can be a workaholic and prefers to eat at his desk. No time for the gym he says and weekends are just a stay at home event watching sports. Bobs wife is concerned for his health but Bob claims he will see his doctor when he has time. Bob stands 5ft 11″ tall and weighs over 285 pounds. He says his energy and concentration is best utilized while he is sitting and feels out of breath when he goes on walks, let alone the stairs.

The reality is you have a choice in life you can be like Bob, or like Jack. You can live for the moment, or prepare for the future. You can be proactive, or reactive and hope for the best. You can leverage the internet for knowledge about ways to make healthy life style changes or you can sit on the couch and watch sports for 8 hours a day.

The common denominator with Bob is behavioral avoidance with the most common excuse “I don’t have time, I’m too tired, “eating unhealthy is too easy to access”, sitting at a desk is easier than taking a walk. Unlike Bob, Jack makes it a habit to show up and persevere with daily activities; in a nut shell this motivates Jack to continue to make healthier life style changes.

Jacks metabolism is working at a much higher rate making weight gain difficult to enter. He pumps his heart at the gym and moves blood flow through his arteries. His diet is low on sugar and high on fiber, forgiving his pancreas from over working and reducing the risk of diabetes. His stress levels are low reducing a spike in cortisol levels, combating high blood pressure. His doctor orders lab tests and Jack likes to track his lab test results to prior lab tests,  making sure his blood chemistry levels are optimal.

The path that Bob has chosen will one-day surprise himself and his family with disease, as Bob likes to live for the now and not the future, even though Bobs Doctor advised him that disease strikes before symptoms appear.  Bobs diet is causing mini cholesterol particles to hit his arterial wall, potentially leading to a heart attack and stroke. His choice to be inactive is also causing limited blood flow throughout the body, making it easier to kill off his ability to fight off health risks and welcome disease.

Bob is now entering the deadly path of Metabolic Syndrome. NCL wants to be very clear with our readers that neglecting your health is no different than walking through a war zone and expecting nothing will happen to you. When you neglect your health, you welcome every opportunity for disease to strike, and its not just you who suffers. Your family and friends, your health insurance premiums, in addition or health insurance premiums across the board. The four leading causes of death in America are Heart disease, Diabetes, Stroke and Cancer. All of which can be eliminated by simply making an immediate behavioral change. Become more proactive minded and less reactive minded.

It’s never too late to make healthier choices, so work on getting that higher metabolism, change your mind set, check your blood chemistry levels often, get to know the real you from inside out and be positive with yourself and others and make it a habit!

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