The Human Heart
31st August 2017
31st August 2017

Metabolic Syndrome


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METABOLIC SYNDROME - What do these two words mean?




What are the causes of this condition?

Medical consensus tells us that obesity is a major contributor to this syndrome. A waist line more than 38” (96.2cm) in men, and a waist line of more than 32” (81.28cm) in women is considered one of the factors. Obesity, which can be prevented and reversed affects around 2.2 Billion people, worldwide, meaning around one in every three people are obese (the current world population is around 7.5 Billion).
These statistics are now a serious concern to governments and public health authorities. In the UK the NHS spend around £7 Billion on ill health related to overweight and obesity. In the US it’s estimated $195 Billion is the cost related to obese related illnesses. More on obesity in the Members Section.

What is insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance is part of the metabolic syndrome which can be a cause of developing heart and other diseases. It’s a condition when the bodies cells fail to respond to one of the bodies hormones called insulin.
The body’s cells then become resistant to insulin which leads to high blood sugar levels and the possibility of developing type 2 diabetes.Note 24 Read more about insulin and how type 2 diabetes can possibly be reversed. This an ongoing subject dedicated to the members section.

Kidney Disease

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Kidney Disease is also one of the contributing factors to elevated blood pressure It’s possible that some medication taken for hypertension may have an influence on blood sugar. Should blood sugar become uncontrolled, there is a possibility of damage to around a million nephrons in both kidneys, which in part are responsible for filtering blood through the kidneys. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause damage to the arteries that deliver blood to the kidneys.

There is a condition called Renal Hypertension, also referred to as renovascular hypertension. This is when blood pressure increases due to a blockage or partial blockage of the renal arteries and branches. Renal arteries are two branches from the abdominal aorta that supply blood to the right and left kidney.

Any kidney or blood pressure condition is one of the cluster of conditions of the metabolic syndrome. Like all causes of high blood pressure, kidney disease needs to be treated. There are medications available to control this condition, and a chat with your Doctor or Health Professional should be able to answer this question.
This chart depicts a ‘Merry go Round’ that is self-explanatory.
One thing’s for sure, it’s a roundabout you need to jump off.

Each of the subjects depicted needs a lot of explaining.
The Members Section will provide more detailed information.
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Diabetes is another factor that can cause high blood pressure. Having either type 1 or type 2 diabetes increases the chances of developing other cardiovascular diseases, and possible narrowing of the arteries, which could lead to atherosclerosis. By keeping blood sugar levels to accepted levels helps to avoid or reduce future health problems. (Millimoles are units of measurement used in chemistry denoting amounts of molecules and atoms).
For reference, accepted blood sugar levels for a person without diabetes before eating a meal should be around 4 to 5.9mmol/L. For persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes it should be 4 to 7 mmol/L.
It’s worth remembering that tablets that are prescribed to manage hypertension may influence blood sugar levels.

Abnormal Cholesterol readings can be one of the cluster of conditions that is part of a metabolic syndrome


More about Cholesterol

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Cholesterol is referred to as LDL (Low density lipoprotein, sometimes called the ‘Bad Cholesterol’ and HDL (High Density lipoprotein) often called the ‘Good Cholesterol’.
Diet play an important part when it comes to lipoprotein, which has an effect on the LDL and HDL in your body.
High Density - "Good" Lipoproteins (HDL) has more protein than cholesterol.
Low Density - "Bad" Lipoprotein (LDL) has more cholesterol than protein.

Recommended levels of Cholesterol



Can cholesterol levels be too low?

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There is however some good news. If you change your lifestyle and diet, there may be a way back by eating the right foods, becoming more active and taking a fresh look at the dangers of sugar.
In the members section I’m suggesting lifestyle options and diets that may work for you and allow you to have a better quality of life. Please ensure you discuss any of my suggestions and information with a doctor or other health professional, there may be individual conditions that require specific monitoring or treatment.

Conflicting opinions...

During my research on cholesterol and statins I’ve discovered many conflicting opinions, both cholesterol and statins are very controversial subjects that have inspired doctors and others to write research papers and books over many years. I’ve added links to other web sites regarding cholesterol and the metabolic syndrome below. Lots of bedtime reading!


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