Metabolic Syndrome_2? Beat It Before It Comes With a High Price!
Metabolic syndrome? This is the third session on this. The first one deals with definition and some background information on this topic. In the second session we have such topics as symptoms, the diagnosis and when to seek for medical help. This time finally we will dwell on prevention, treatment and some home remedies.
Let's discuss some preventative measures first. The same old ways of reducing diabetes, stroke and heart disease work for preventing the metabolic syndrome_2. It does not matter if one or two or none of the mechanism is present, lifestyle changes will lower the risk. Here they are:
- Be physically active with regular exercises that are reasonably vigorous.
- Have regular checkups of blood glucose level, cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Eat a healthy diet of vegetables, fruits, lean meat or fish instead of red meat. Stop consumption of salt, fried and processed foods. Instead use herbs and spices.
We are happy to know there are some things we can do ourselves that will qualify as home remedies. They're also lifestyle changes but just the same it's great to be able to do something instead of having to visit the doctor once we're feeling ill. We can stop the metabolic syndrome_2 on its track thereby avoid the complications and hold back the insulin resistance with the following lifestyle changes:
- Eat foods that are rich in fiber like beans, fruits, whole grains and vegetables. These have high dietary fiber content that will reduce the insulin levels.
- Quit smoking because this habit increases resistance to insulin.
- Lose weight even as low as 5% to 10% of the body weight as this lowers the risk of developing diabetes and at the same time helps reduce blood pressure and insulin levels.
- Exercise regularly for half an hour to an hour of walking briskly or some other forms of workout that are of moderate intensity.
Now let's go to the treatment of metabolic syndrome_2. How is this treated? It is not easy even to face the challenge of one of the components of this condition. How about tackling all of them? Ha! Got your attention, didn't I? Don't try them all at once or you may feel overwhelmed and may just altogether quit. Ask for help.
Believe it or not, what we have been saying all along are the lifestyle changes that will have to be adopted. The doctor will start you with them for it is the preferred treatment option. For the healthy eating part, the Mediterranean diet will be a good choice as it is rich in olive oil which is a good fat and has a sensible amount of carbohydrates and proteins of chickens and fish.
As for exercise, it is a known fact that its benefit on cholesterol level, blood pressure and insulin sensitivity is proven. Never mind if there is a weight loss or not, exercise is a big help. Mind you, make sure you consult with the doctor first. Why? Well, there are conditions like for retinopathy where exercise may worsen the situation.
How about if the lifestyle changes do not work? Well, the doctor will probably consider drugs for high blood pressure and to control cholesterol and lipids. Since each situation is unique, a discussion with the doctor is necessary
The goal for blood pressure is lower than 130/80. Some medications help not only with lowering the blood pressure but also of reducing insulin resistance. Sometimes it prevents type 2 diabetes from making its ugly appearance. Some may use aspirin therapy to help reduce the risk for stroke and heart attack.
Some doctors will even discuss the use of metformin because this helps prevent type 2 diabetes. They are of two minds though because some are hesitant because there are no guidelines as yet for using this drug when diabetes has not made its appearance yet for people who have metabolic syndrome.
If you want more information about diabetes, please visit:
Blogging for Diabetes and You
If you want to make any comments or other feedback, please fill in the contact form below so I can send you my email address. This is to avoid spam.
Please sign up for our free ezine entitled Diabetes Positive Approach. We will publish this once a month where you will read about some encouraging news, positive experiences from others who want to share them with you and perhaps a dessert recipe good for the whole family. And you can unsubscribe anytime.
Refresh Metabolic Syndrome_2
Diabetes Risk Factors
Return from Metabolic Syndrome_2 toSymptoms-of-Diabetes Home Page for the Disclaimer.
"Where Do You Want to Go Next?"
You didn't find what you were looking for? Search for it at Google right here: