What is Metabolic Syndrome
If you have belly fat or high blood pressure as well as high blood glucose, then you could be at risk for what is called Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems. It is diagnosed when a person ends up with three of the known risk factors.
The Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome
The risk factors include the following:
Low levels of HDL (healthy cholesterol)
High blood pressure
High triglyceride levels
High blood sugar
How to Reduce Your Risk or Metabolic Syndrome
Keep sugar out of your diet to stop rises in blood sugar
Exercise to help increase your HDL
Eat fatty fish or take omega 3 fatty acids to help reduce triglyceride levels
Watch your portion sizes
Decrease foods that can stimulate too much insulin production
Watch your fat intake (especially saturated fat)
Eating to Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Follow a food plan that is high in fiber, low in sugar, and includes lean protein and healthy fats. These foods can help correct some of the risk factors and reduce the need for medications.
It’s all about balance, which means whenever you have a carbohydrate try and choose one that has a low glycemic index. Good examples would be:
Brown Rice, & Whole Grains
Lower your salt intake by eating out less or at least limiting fast food. Limit your desserts as they raise blood sugar and/or triglyceride levels as well as contribute to obesity.
Once you have even one of the risk factors above it’s important to address it immediately. I use a functional medicine approach which means looking for the root cause. A lot of times it’s poor diet that could be the trigger, however it could also be poor digestion, inflammation or lack of exercise.
As a functional medicine practitioner, I may ask your physician to order specific tests to find out where your body may be unbalanced, however the first step would be to balance the diet with a healthy food plan. That means plenty of fiber, low sugar, lean protein and of course lots of veggies!
If you like black beans, avocado, lime, red pepper and corn then check out my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/tinashiverrecipes/ I will be posting a fabulous black bean salad this week that is full of fiber, monosaturated fat as well as antioxidant nutrients.
Until next time...remember to eat healthy and move.