You may have been directed to this page because you have conditions or health markers that are suggestive of metabolic syndrome (described below) or perhaps you just want to learn more about it.
Metabolic health describes factors of your lifestyle that can have both a positive and negative impact on your physical and mental health. We are all on a scale between good and bad metabolic health.
Metabolic Syndrome is when a cluster of these negative risk factors come together, with the underlying problems being related to insulin resistance. It can lead to a number of medical conditions. Genetics and family history can play a role in your starting point on the scale, but insulin resistance increases the likelihood and progression of these diseases.
The great news is, that no matter your genetic make up, or where you are starting from, addressing lifestyle factors of metabolic health can improve your physical health, mental health, general wellbeing and in some cases reverse the condition you have been diagnosed with!
Improving your metabolic health can also help improve your immune system (making you less susceptible to complications of any infection, including Covid-19), as well as improving some perhaps unexpected areas such as mental health, joint pains and fatigue.
This flow chart shows how high blood glucose causes more insulin release, storing glucose in the body as fat, including in the liver and pancreas ( a normal physiological process). In some people this system is overloaded, which can lead to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
This video is by two GPs. Although it is for a different clinic, your NHS GP Team can help with all these different aspects of your metabolic health. Just ask...
Starchy foods e.g. potatoes and bread are glucose molecules 'holding hands'!
We can each optimise our own metabolic health, reverse the conditions caused by insulin resistance and feel better, by addressing the following lifestyle factors.
Markers of metabolic health used by your GP Practice Team:
Specific numbers suggestive of metabolic syndrome can be found here.
You can ask your GP for a copy of your own results.
In this video Dr Campbell Murdoch (GP) explains metabolic health
What Has Glucose Got To Do With It?
The average total blood in the human body is about 5L. Within that blood at any one time should be around just one teaspoon of glucose.
Dr Dan Maggs (GP) explains 5 ways you can lower your insulin levels
Dr Rangan Chaterjee (GP) discusses 4 simple tips to reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Guess what - it's the same things that can help metabolic syndrome!
Want more information?
TEDX TALK: Reverse Insulin Resistance By Ignoring the Guidelines: Here
Dr Dan Maggs on weight management and why diets often don't help: Here
COVID19, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND METABOLIC HEALTH: Here
Fat Is Your Friend...! Here
Metabolic health from Patient.co.uk: Here
Freshwell Low Carb Site: Here
How much sugar is in what you eat? Here
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