You’ve probably heard of it, but do you know what it is? Metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X as it can also be referred to is a cluster of metabolic process that have become abnormal due to lifestyle and dietary choices.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease.
The health factors:
- Insulin resistance
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increased visceral fat (deep abdominal fat surrounding your organs)
- Chronic stress
- Sleep apnea
All of the above health factors are issues on their own but the accumulation of them all lead to metabolic syndrome and serious health implications.
So, what causes metabolic syndrome?
To put it broadly, lifestyle factors. Inactivity and the accumulation of body fat. From a visual perspective you could be imagining someone who is hugely obese, and you wouldn’t be wrong. However, this is not the only demographics that is at risk and, in my opinion, this is worse simply for the reason they are unaware/ignorant to the facts.
Bryan is a 38yr old business man. He started out selling goods from the boot of his car at 22yrs old. At this point in his life he was highly active, and he never stopped. He was always on the go and was forever running around the wholesalers and doing deals with clients. However, his food choices weren’t the best. He was energised through a mountain load of coffee and would stop between sales to grab a sandwich. He would arrive home late and grab the most convenient food available, generally a takeaway from the local Chinese. He was young, resilient and although his food choices weren’t the best, his daily energy (calorie) intake was relatively stable due to his high activity.
As Bryan’s business developed he brought people in and delegated a lot of his running around to others. His schedule was still very busy, but he became more sedentary and desk bound. Unfortunately, Bryan still followed his regular diet of coffee and fast foods and over the years has developed a good amount of belly fat. His suits are notably tighter, and he finds it very hard to concentrate. His mental clarity with his decision making is often compromised and he finds it difficult to sleep.
He blames his age, as when he was 22 he had no issues and was razor sharp. What he fails to acknowledge is that the years of abuse has caused a great deal of internal damage. He’s now borderline diabetic, his blood pressure is through the roof and his sleep is next to non-existent.
From the outside you would think Bryan was slightly out of shape and wouldn’t associate him with the typical obese stereotype. But on the inside his body is going through an unbelievable amount of stress. His metabolism is slowly on the decline and his health is in extreme jeopardy.
Although Bryan is a fictional character, his situation is not. Bryan has severely neglected his lifestyle and just hasn’t even given his health a second thought. His years of neglect and abuse has eventually caused an array of serious health implications.
Metabolic syndrome is a major cause for concern. But it can be reversed. Lifestyle modifications can be made along with regular assessment of health markers such as weight, body fat, blood pressure and fasting glucose testing.
There is also no quick fix. Metabolic issues accumulate over years of lifestyle abuse and neglect. If you believe this can be rectified in twelve short weeks you will be deeply disappointed. However, if you make and sustain long-term lifestyle modifications the results you could achieve can be truly outstanding.
Many of our clients have been in a similar situation to Bryan and we have worked on developing their lifestyle and improving their health. Some of them have achieved outstanding transformations that have truly changed their lives for ever.
Please share this with anyone with a similar situation to Bryan. It could help change his life around.
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