Metabolic Syndrome: Are you at Risk?

A blog or two ago I wrote about the scientific connection between metabolic syndrome and increased risk for developing some forms of cancer, and increased chance of remission. Controlling metabolic syndrome is of particular importance to BRCA positive and Lynch syndrome identified carriers who are looking for ways to prevent cancer, and those cancer survivors looking to increase remission rates.

Ever the optimist I wanted to address how we can reverse and/or prevent the syndrome. Let's take a closer look at what it is.

Metabolic syndrome looks a lot like pre-diabetes with elevations in blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1c values. However, even before these numbers begin to be abnormal, there are other signs that this condition id developing.

Signs that one may be developing metabolic syndrome include:

- Increased waist line/girth (most often the greatest weight gain is along the waist)

- Increased blood pressure

- Increased blood sugar levels

- History of yo-yo dieting

-High levels of stress

- Pro-inflammatory states

The causes often include internal and external stress, disordered eating patterns, weight gain, inactivity, as well as depression or general disharmony.

So what can we do about these? I advise to start by taking a couple of weeks to exam life patterns and determine where small changes can be made.

Many people successfully adding a daily walk to their routines, as well as some limited dietary change like adding more fiber (simply adding a daily fruit or even a bean dish a couple times a week), or slowly decreasing the amount of simple carbohydrate one eats.

Interestingly enough one of the hardest issues to get a grip on what makes us happy/harmonious and what stands in the way of that happening. Its a great question to take your time with, and one worth considering. After all being stressed and unhappy can lead to suppression of the vitally important immune system.