Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Getting help with Metabolic Syndrome

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By Tammy Hourson

Ever since I can remember my Mom would remind me to take my chewable vitamins before I left off for school, then as the high school years rolled around many different coaches suggested a variety of supplements that should be taken to achieve maximum performance, and now in my later years of life doctors have given me conflicting advice about supplements. In the past it has been recommended to add fish oils to my diet to aid my heart, other minerals have also been advised to complete my diet of nutrients where my diet intake may be lacking, so with this advice I have a Monday through Friday regimen of certain vitamins with extra supplements on the weekend for my more active lifestyle.

"Stress is a killer," he said, "One does not need a disease to die." This statement couldn't have shaken me awake faster than a bucket of cold ice water, he was serious and now so was I- I needed to slow down and fast.

My doctor has been by my side for 3 years now and I trust his advice so slow down I did, but what I want to share with you is also how the diet side of my life that has changed. Many people think health care doctors prescribe only bed rest, surgeries, or medications, however that is not so, at least not in my case. My doctor went through my family medical history, my habits, and life style and determined that I needed to not only slow down at work but cut out more salt in my diet that keeps my blood levels high when anxiety approaches and he recommended omega-3s.

Another symptom with in this syndrome is your fasting blood sugar levels- these are your blood sugar levels after a night's sleep or an 8 hour fast. A normal person's blood sugar will taper out a few hours after a meal where as a person with mildly high blood sugar may be showing signs of early diabetes. As many of the risks associated with this symptom run closely together it is easy to assume your triglyceride levels might also be high.

As you can tell, a person with a metabolic syndrome is a high risk patient due to the fact that the number of risk factors run together which means a person with this syndrome is twice as likely to develop heart disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who doesn't have this syndrome, and therefore must be taken very seriously by medical experts .

Most medical professionals will begin at once to set into plan diet restrictions as they want to reduce the risk of having heart disease; many times if your weight can get back to "normal", your blood pressure will come down naturally, and if you haven't already developed diabetes this is good news as diabetes often leads to complications of kidney disease, vision loss, and or foot/leg amputation.

Putting off treatment and other medical problems is not a good idea so consult the medical professionals and let them know what is bothering you, where you ache, what new pains you have experienced and then to his/her suggestion, and the best advice- and last but not least, listen to your body- If you feel lousy then what harm can adding a supplement to your diet really do, I have never heard of someone dyeing because they were too healthy?

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