Metabolic Syndrome & Weight Problems
Overweight? tired? hormones off balance? pre-diabetic or diabetic? poor sleep? stressed? Here we help you understand how a systems biology approach can link all of these issues but also help you tackle them.
Our brains are programmed to help us survive in times of food scarcity. We are genetically wired to seek out sweet rewarding foods because, for our hunter gatherer ancestors, they would have given us a survival advantage. Seasonal fruits or ocassional honey provided a much needed and easily accessible energy source (glucose and fructose) that could prevent starvation. Starvation has been historically the problem for humans not obesity.
Now we live in a food abundant society with a 24hour supply of processed refined carbohydrates (as sugar or wheat) with toxic inflammatory seed oils and chemicals we cant pronounce!
High blood sugar is toxic to our blood vessels and tissues so our pancreas must pump out ever increasing amounts of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that enables us to move the glucose out of the circulation and store it in the cells of our fat and liver causing obesity and fatty liver disease. Eventually our cells insulin receptors become saturated, they can deal with no more insulin. This is insulin resistance. As a consequence of our insulin not being able to remove the blood glucose it starts to rise and we develop Diabetes.
Obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes share the same underlying causes – and thus require the same treatment – they are 100% preventable and, in most cases, entirely reversible.
The signs of ‘metabolic syndrome’ include:
- abdominal obesity (i.e. “spare tire” syndrome)
- dyslipidemia (low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides)
- high blood pressure
- high blood sugar (Hb1Ac above 42)
- systemic inflammation
- a tendency to form blood clots
- hormone dysregulation eg PCOS
Recent research suggests that metabolic syndrome is also characterised by chronic, low-grade inflammation and a continuous stimulation of the innate immune system.
At Devon Lifestyle Medicine we will not only look at the conventional drivers of metabolic syndrome but also aspects of your lifestyle that may cause inflammation, such as:
- Dietary toxins (primarily refined wheat, fructose and industrial seed oils)
- Environmental toxins (chemicals like Bisphenol A, pesticides, phthalates, flame retardants, and heavy metals)
- Micronutrient deficiencies (especially magnesium and vitamin D)
- Chronic stress (emotional, psychological, physiological)
- Altered gut microbiota (caused by antibiotic use, poor diet, stress, pathogens etc)
- Sedentary lifestyle
Please contact us if you would like to dig deeper and find a solution to your metabolic and weight problems.