Formerly known as Syndrome X, the Metabolic Syndrome is not a single or specific disease, but rather a cluster of problems related to bad metabolism, which includes: high insulin and cholesterol levels, hypertension, and abdominal obesity.
Other health problems were identified as part of the Metabolic Syndrome, such as: high levels of uric acid, chronic inflammation, hypothyroidism, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
The definition of the Metabolic Syndrome somewhat varies according to different countries or health organizations, but the one formulated by the National Cholesterol Education Program is widely accepted. According to this group of experts, the term Metabolic Syndrome applies when three (3) of the five (5) following risks factors are present:
- Abdominal obesity
- High triglycerides
- High blood sugar
- Low levels of HDL
The Metabolic Syndrome constitutes the early stage of many serious diseases such as pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA). To this list, we can add gout, thyroid gland troubles, certain infertility troubles, as well as many other health problems generated or amplified by chronic inflammation.
It has been noted that most individuals diagnosed with the Metabolic Syndrome have developed a resistance to insulin, they are said to be insulin-resistant. Insulin is one of the hormones produced by the pancreas. The insulin acts as a key that allows the cells to open up to allow the blood sugar (glucose) to penetrate, where it will be stored as an energy source to be used when needed. This means that, when individuals develop a resistance to insulin, the body no longer recognizes the insulin being produced, therefore the key cannot penetrate into the lock and open the door, and this in turn provokes an accumulation of sugar in the blood instead of its absorption into the cells. Since the sugar level in the blood stays high, the pancreas continues to produce more and more insulin in an attempt to lower this level, creating in turn high levels of insulin since it is not being used optimally. However, even though the blood sugar is not sufficiently high to be considered diabetes, it increases gradually the risk of severe health troubles.
Statistics have shown that about one quarter of the Canadian population will be affected by this syndrome.
As mentioned above, it is the sum of non-pathological disturbances that will constitute the highest risk factor. This means that, rather than considering isolated factors (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia), the Metabolic Syndrome allows to intervene upstream by favouring a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach.
Individuals with this Syndrome are exposed to a higher risk of having heart attack or a cerebrovascular accidents than those who are not. As a matter of fact, when all the Metabolic Syndrome factors are combined, the risk of having a heart attack is 20 times higher than the average person’s.
An overly sedentary lifestyle and an inadequate diet are the main culprits in the evolution of the obesity and diabetes epidemic in occidental societies.
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