Metabolic syndrome is a number of disorders that, when present together, increase the risk of individuals developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as increasing the risk of stroke and heart disease.
Having 3 or more of the following conditions may suggest you already have metabolic syndrome:
High blood sugar glucose
High levels of LDL cholesterol
Low levels of HDL cholesterol
Increased waist circumference – unhealthy waist/hip ratio
Many people in the UK suffer from high blood pressure. It is suggested that only half of the population have a blood pressure measurement that puts them at low risk of heart disease (125/80 and under). Many people assume that your blood pressure increases with age, but if you exercise regularly and eat a good diet, there is no reason to expect your blood pressure to increase with age. If you are obese, with a BMI over 30, your risk of developing diabetes is also greatly increased.
There are a number of health problems that may be linked to metabolic syndrome:
Depression – studies show that depression often predicts the onset of metabolic syndrome
Poor Memory – recent studies have linked poor cognitive function to insulin resistance. Individuals who are insulin resistant are also at greater risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Infertility – It is generally acknowledged that abdominal weight gain can affect fertility. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is become much more common in young women. Individuals with PCOS often already have high cholesterol and will often be taking statins.
Cell damage – high insulin levels have also been shown to increase the risk of certain cancers; for example, a recent study showed that postmenopausal women, with high insulin levels, may have twice the risk of developing breast cancer.
How do we help you reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome?
We offer a blood glucose management programme that is designed to bring your blood sugar levels back to a healthy range. If you are taking medication, we also work closely with your GP and Diabetic Nurse to ensure that they are aware of the changes you are making as it often means that your medication will have to be reassessed.
We would generally expect to see you in clinic at least once a month for a period of 6 months. This can be booked as a 6 month programme, or as individual consultations.
Please book a telephone consultation, so that we can discuss your needs at a time that is convenient for you.