Metabolic Syndrome Treatment
Metabolic syndrome treatment includes weight loss, eating healthy, and exercise along with possibly taking medication to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and high blood pressure if needed. A person who has metabolic syndrome is in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In order to diagnose the condition a physician will check blood glucose levels, look for the presence of a protein in the blood that causes inflammation, and look for the presence of an inhibitor in the blood that can indicate inflammation in the arteries. Diet for metabolic syndrome includes eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, low-fat meat, especially fish, avoiding foods high in saturated fats, and high in sugar.
Weight loss is very important for lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. A physician can help to guide the patient with a healthy eating plan for weight loss. In addition, he or she may suggest seeking the counsel of a dietician or nutritionist. Without a good plan and some determination losing those extra pounds may prove to be very difficult. A diet for metabolic syndrome can be found on the Internet by doing a search. A person can basically follow any plan that is for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, or cardiovascular. They are all very similar and include the basics of eating healthy. In addition, weight loss will greatly be enhanced with physical activity. Be sure and seek the advice of a physician before making any lifestyle changes especially increasing activity levels. After getting permission from a physician start out slow and increase activity level gradually.
Insulin resistance puts a person at risk at developing metabolic syndrome. When insulin resistance occurs it is either because the body is not creating enough insulin or because the body is not using the insulin properly. When a person becomes insulin resistant nutrients can not be transferred to cells. The cells begin starving and the high glucose levels in the blood start causing damage to arteries and vital organs. Some of the precursors to developing high blood sugar or insulin resistance are being obese especially in the abdominal area, having a family history of diabetes, age, a sedentary lifestyle, and a hormone imbalance. Obtaining a proper diagnosis is very important for metabolic syndrome treatment. A physician will need to know personal and family medical history and any symptoms being experienced along with doing a physical examination and laboratory tests in order to make a diagnosis. Being diagnosed with a serious illness can cause a person distress and anxiety. God's Word says that His Word can bring health. "My son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh." (Proverbs 4:20-22)
Controlling blood pressure is a vital component to avoiding heart disease. Being overweight, eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and eating a diet high in saturated fat can have a negative effect on blood pressure. A diet for metabolic syndrome will help to lower blood pressure and decrease a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and stroke. Increasing fiber and limiting the amount of meat that is consumed will help to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, a diet of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables can have a profound effect on blood pressure. Medications that can help with hypertension include alpha-blockers, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers, and diuretics.
Inflammation in the blood and arteries can signify that a person is at risk for developing atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The presence of a protein and an inhibitor in the blood is a strong indication that a person should receive metabolic syndrome treatment. Treatment can help reduce the inflammation that can lead to more serious health problems. Lifestyle changes can help to do this by losing extra weight, eating healthy, and at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Exercise plays an important role in lowering blood sugar, blood pressure, inflammation, and cholesterol. The heart becomes stronger through exercise so it does not have to work so hard to pump blood through the arteries to other organs.
Symptoms that may point to conditions that lead to metabolic syndrome include but are not limited to increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, sores that do not heal or are slow to heal, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, and weight loss. See a doctor as soon as possible after experiencing any of these symptoms. By the time metabolic syndrome treatment has begun a person may also need treatment for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Since those who are 50 or over are at a higher risk for developing the disease a physician will usually recommend a yearly physical examination that includes checking blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Refined or processed carbohydrates can increase a person's risk for developing heart disease, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Refined carbs include products made with white flour such as bread and pasta. White rice and potatoes are additional products that should be avoided. A diet for metabolic syndrome is rich in legumes, whole grains, and monounsaturated fats such as nuts, canola oil, and olive oil. Consume at least five servings of fresh fruits and veggies per day. Reduce portions to aid weight loss and be faithful to take any medications that a physician will prescribe for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Signs Of High Blood SugarSigns of high blood sugar include extreme thirst, extreme hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, stomachache, lethargy, and headache. Emergency symptoms might include difficulty in breathing, feeling confused, vomiting, and the presence of ketones in the urine. Ketones are a result of high glucose levels and are chemicals in the urine that appear when the body is burning fat for energy. Many drug stores carry the strips used to check urine for testing ketones at home. Blood sugar levels for men, women, and children should remain below 120 to be normal, and that count is after fasting or at least 2 hours after a meal. Impacts of hyperglycemia to ones health include heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems including blindness, and nerve damage.
Untreated hyperglycemia can result in hardening of the arteries because the excess amounts of glucose in the blood are damaging to vessels. The longer the signs of high blood sugar go unchecked the more damage that is done to the body. High risk individuals who have family members with diabetes or those who are overweight should have their glucose levels checked at least once per year. It may be necessary for a physician to administer a glucose tolerance tests in order to diagnose pre-diabetes. A glucose tolerance test checks the glucose levels at several intervals after drinking glucose, in order to see how well the body is producing and utilizing insulin. Sometimes it isn't a matter of the body producing enough insulin but how well the body is using the insulin towards controlling blood sugar levels for men, women and children.
Diabetes can affect quality of sleep if glucose counts are elevated. Treatment for sleeping may be necessary because poor sleep may also affect the body's ability to work properly making blood sugar levels for men, women, and children elevated and can have a negative effect on mental and physical health. Studies have shown that individuals suffering with hyperglycemia may experience depression and extreme mood swings. Trusting and having faith in God brings hope to those who are downcast, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God" (Psalms 42:11). People with signs of high blood sugar may often complain of body aches, headaches, and being woke up during the night because of frequent urination. All of these things can play a part in poor quality sleep. Physicians recommend some lifestyle changes for those suffering with insomnia. Cut back on caffeine usage, avoid naps during the daytime, don't eat anything within two hours of bedtime, and don't drink alcoholic beverages before bedtime. Allow some wind down time and don't exercise or do anything strenuous or mentally taxing right before going to bed.
Foot and chronic skin infections, gum disease, and vision problems are concerns for those with hyperglycemia. It is vital for individuals that have uncontrolled glucose to be aware of the importance of checking for skin infections, wounds that aren't healing properly, or even severe dry skin. Extreme dry skin can cause cracking and bleeding leading to an infected wound. Nerve damage will make one unaware of wounds that are infected because there may be no discomfort or pain with it. Doctors recommend that individuals with diabetes never go without shoes and wear ones that fit well and are comfortable. One of the signs of high blood sugar is slow healing wounds. Even a sinus infection should be treated promptly because of the risks associated with one that goes unchecked. A slow healing sinus infection can spread to the lungs and the brain. Damage to the eyes can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, and even blindness. Another serious problem with damage to the blood vessels within the eyes is retinopathy. This can lead to blindness if it goes untreated. Also watch out for slow healing after a trip to the dentist, and gum inflammation.
Diabetics need to purchase a glucose meter for checking glucose levels throughout the day. Working with a registered dietitian is usually recommended for hyperglycemia because diet is a very important part of treatment. It may be necessary for patients to adjust insulin or medication when meal plans are adjusted. Studies have shown that a regular exercise program helps to lower blood sugar levels for men, women, and children. To keep glucose levels even throughout the day, nutritionists recommend eating meals at regular intervals including snack times and checking blood sugar levels frequently. Don't try to skip meals and remember that it is better to eat low fat, low sugar, high protein, and fiber rich foods. An illness or stress can affect glucose measurements and some over the counter medications can as well.