Metabolic syndrome refers to the presence of a group of conditions (insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, hypertension, abdominal obesity and hyperlipidemia) increasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, or all three. Metabolic syndrome is also referred to as insulin resistance syndrome.
Most disorders associated with metabolic syndrome don’t have obvious symptoms but are characterised by:
- Large waist circumference (abdominal obesity)
- Symptoms of diabetes – increased thirst and urination, fatigue, blurred vision
- High blood sugar – causes blood clots
- High blood pressure – often found in people with insulin resistance
- Elevated triglycerides – a type of fat in the blood
- High levels of LDL cholesterol (also known as bad cholesterol)
If you are suffering from any of these issues you may be at risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The causes of metabolic syndrome are complex and interconnected:
- Family history or genetic predisposition.
- Obesity — contributes to the development of insulin resistance, associated with higher levels of triglycerides and low LDL cholesterol which increase the formation of atherosclertoic plaques leading to cardiovascular disease.
- Insulin resistance — leads to higher levels of insulin and glucose, precursors to developing type 2 diabetes. High insulin levels cause elevated blood pressure due to excessive sodium retention in the kidneys.
At least 25% of adults in the UK have metabolic syndrome.
people in the UK have diabetes
More than 6 in 10
people in the UK are overweight or obese
more likely to be admitted to hospital if you have diabetes
Metabolic syndrome poses a major health hazard, but the good news is that it is largely preventable.
Knowing the risk factors and making healthy nutrition and lifestyle changes can lower your chances of developing metabolic syndrome and its related health problems.
Food is your friend.
Dietary changes are the first line of treatment as they have been shown to be effective when preventing and controlling metabolic syndrome. It is well known that diets high in calories, sugars, saturated fats and low in fibre contribute to its associated conditions.
We assess your diet and lifestyle to establish metabolic risk factors and make changes in the form of a personalised Nutrition & Lifestyle Action Plan, ensuring adequate intake of anti-inflammatory foods rich in antioxidants, known for their positive effects on hypertension, insulin resistance, triglycerides and improving overall heart health.
We also focus on weight loss/management to reduce stress on the heart. Losing just 3-5% of your current weight can help manage cholesterol, diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Empowers you to be at your best.
Metabolic syndrome is a chronic condition that requires changes in your lifestyle.
Within your nutritional consultation, we assess your lifestyle habits and look to introduce positive changes that can beneficially impact all features of metabolic syndrome:
- Exercise – losing weight lowers blood pressure; increases insulin sensitivity and HDL (“good”) cholesterol; lowers LDL (“bad”) and triglycerides; reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes.
- Stress and sleep management – high cortisol leads to abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, and higher levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.
- Smoking and drinking
Harnessing the power of science.
We first discuss if any existing blood tests have been carried out by your doctor. If not, we can either refer you to get tested free of charge with your GP, or alternatively, we offer a metabolic syndrome profile measuring:
- Insulin – fasting glucose levels, plus glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1C).
- Lipid profile – cholesterol (HDL and LDL) and triglyceride levels.
- sdLDL – measures the amount of small dense LDL particles a patient has. This marker is thought to be a better predictor of atherosclerosis than total LDL.
- C-peptide – a reliable indicator of insulin production.
- C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP) – measures inflammation as part of cardiovascular risk.
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