Metabolic Syndrome or SyndromeX, continues to hit health headlines. One in four Australians presenting with the constellation of obesity or weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar imbalance (Diabetes or Hypoglycemia) regulation are meeting the diagnostic criteria for Metabolic Syndrome X. Although these risk factors most commonly arise in an ageing population, a disturbing trend, led by childhood obesity, finds this syndrome increasingly appearing in adolescents, as seen in 30% of obese American teenagers now fitting the criteria for Metabolic Syndrome X. Natural Health Practitioners are in a powerful position to address the dietary and lifestyle drivers of this modern epidemic to turn the tide on possibly the biggest health crisis of our times.
It is believed, that many of these separate diseases are simply varying external manifestations of a single underlying process. The application of strategies that address this core set of metabolic defects is then not just an approach for treating a disease, but can also be seen as a unifying strategy for the management of the spectrum of ‘Western’ diseases and accelerated ageing.
Getting the Measure of Metabolic Syndrome
We should be screening all patients with pathology testing. When a patient fulfils three or more of the following five criteria, then these health risks can no longer be viewed as isolated and unrelated, as they are indicative of Metabolic Syndrome:-
- Abdominal obesity (waist circumference over 102 cm in men, and over 88 cm in women)
- High cholesterol, especially triglycerides(over 1.69 mmol/L)
- Low good cholesterol ( HDL) (<1.04 mmol/L in men and <1.29 mmol/L in women)
- High blood pressure (higher than 130/85 mm Hg)
- Elevated fasting glucose (Insulin resistance) (>5.5 mmol/L)
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