We all hope to live a longer life.
But, according to researchers, there is a new silent killer on the block that’s leading to more premature deaths than smoking…
It’s called metabolic syndrome.
Around 40 percent of Americans have metabolic syndrome — that’s one in three people. And, if you’re not sure if that’s you, here are the symptoms…
- Low levels of HDL
- High triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood glucose
- Large waist circumference
If you have three or more of these symptoms, you have metabolic syndrome. And that means heart disease and diabetes are knocking at your door.
Mistakenly, physicians commonly treat just the symptoms. For instance, if you have high cholesterol, they’ll likely prescribe you statins. If you have high blood pressure, they’ll likely prescribe you antihypertensive drugs.
Then, before you know it, you’re taking a daily drug cocktail, yet your problems really aren’t getting any better.
In fact, they’ll probably just get worse — because there really is just one factor, treatable without prescription — that’s negatively contributing to all 5 symptoms of metabolic syndrome…
Lose one — Lose all
It’s the actual belly fat — that comes along with a larger waist circumference — that is causing all the problems. That fat doesn’t just sit there; it is active fat that produces hormones, proinflammatory molecules and non-esterified free fatty acids.
As a result of this, your entire metabolism changes…
Your body increases fat storage, increases cholesterol, increases insulin resistance, and as a result of all that blood pressure goes up and so does blood glucose, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
When all this happens, there is a dramatically increased risk of all causes of death, particularly cardiovascular disease and cancer, the two leading killers.
This is really scary stuff!
But the good news is, it’s all preventable and reversible…
Drop 5 — Feel fine
By losing just 5 percent of your weight, you can instantly reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by around 18 percent.
If you’re currently 200 pounds, that’s just 10 pounds of weight loss to instantly prolong your life.
Then, if you can add in 20 minutes of walking each day, you can prolong your life even further — the walking will help with your weight loss, decrease inflammatory molecules, increase insulin sensitivity and improve your cardiovascular health — there’s a few more great years you’ve just added to your life.
If you can get your body mass index into the healthy range (18.5 to 24.9), you can even see all the symptoms of metabolic syndrome resolved.
More importantly though, aim to decrease your waist circumference to eliminate that active belly fat. The healthy measurements are below 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women.
Here’s some great weight loss advice from my colleagues here at Easy Health Options:
Dr. Michael Cutler talks about how to naturally gain control of your hormones for increased weight loss. He also covers different medications that can sabotage your weight loss efforts.
Dr. Isaac Eliaz shares 5 secrets beyond diet and exercise that can dramatically increase weight loss.
Dr. Mark Wiley can teach you how to master mindful eating so the whole process of weight loss, and mastering the cravings of your body, becomes easier.
You’ll also want to read a previous article I wrote about the importance of food synergy as the best ‘no diet’ diet — it makes the whole process of healthy eating a breeze!
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- Harris Sherling D, et al. “Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical and Policy Implications of the New Silent Killer.” — Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2017:1-3.