Metabolic syndrome is becoming more and more common in the United States. According to PubMed, metabolic syndrome is “a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.” The two most important risk factors are extra weight around the middle and upper parts of the body, and insulin resistance.
We recently came across a blog post written by an individual who has been living with metabolic syndrome for a while now. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 17 which, understandably, came as a big shock. Like many kids, he wasn’t paying that much attention to his health or what he was eating. Just 50 years ago, this might not have been a big deal. Now, however, with kids becoming more and more sedentary with video games and computers, and the declining quality of our food, metabolic disorders are catching up with us quicker.
After his diagnosis, his doctors put him on drugs to control his blood sugar levels. But that didn’t satisfy him. He was only 17, with his whole life ahead of him. He had to make some kind of change in order to have a future.
He worked out, cut his calorie intake, and after about three month’s time he was “cured” of his type 2 diabetes. Everything was how it should be.
Or was it?
Though he certainly looked a lot better and his blood sugar levels were fine, he still suffered from fatigue, sporadic drops of concentration, and a lack of self-control. What was happening? He got rid of the weight and fought diabetes and won. He worked out regularly and ate well. What else could be wrong?
He sought out more tests to answer these lingering questions. He discovered that, even though he was fit, his cholesterol, vitamin D, and iron levels were off. In fact, they were wreaking havoc on his life.
- Iron is an essential element used in the creation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the many cells of the body. Without sufficient oxygen, our muscles get tired more easily, causing all around fatigue.
- Vitamin D is another biomarker commonly deficient due to the lack of sun we receive these days (which would be especially true in this case, as our blogger friend mentioned how little he got outside as a kid). Not only can low levels lead to muscle fatigue, but it can cause chronic inflammation as well. Chronic low-level inflammation throughout the body that can be the underlying cause of fatigue, weight gain, high cholesterol or more advanced conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
- Cholesterol is a complicated beast. Over the past two decades science has unraveled its complexity, discovering first that there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and then further that there are indicators such as ApoB which can alert to cardiovascular risk even if lipid panels look normal.
Our blogger friend has been tracking some of these biomarkers for some time now and plans to use WellnessFX this year to further free his body from the damage done the first 17 years of his life. We look forward to reading about his results and experiences!.
Click here to here the full story of how he turned his life around.
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