Another Heart Risk your doctor may not be telling you about is Metabolic Syndrome.
For at least one in four adults, inactivity and overeating lead to high insulin levels – your body’s attempt to force muscle cells to absorb blood sugar. The Danger is that high insulin levels in your blood stream can double to quadruple heart attack and stroke risk. New research links metabolic syndrome – the phrase doctors use for when insulin and related body chemicals are out of balance – with a 2.5 times higher risk for clogged arteries. Metabolic Syndrome is a collection of symptoms that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Do you have metabolic syndrome?
There’s no blood check for this dangerous condition, but a series of tiny warning signs reveals your risk. The big danger is that each of these warning signs is small enough to shrug off. But together, they predict big trouble. These are the 4 warning signs:
If you have signs of metabolic syndrome, be sure to ask your doctor for a fasting blood sugar check for diabetes; people with metabolic syndrome have about a 30 percent chance for developing major blood sugar problems, which also raise your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Here are three steps that can guarantee to help make a difference if you do have or are on the verge of Metabolic Syndrome:
Get 30 minutes of exercise per day
Exercise forces muscle cells to take up extra blood sugar and also makes them more sensitive to insulin.
Trim belly fat
Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and exercise – these strategies can shrink dangerous abdominal fat, the kind that wraps itself around your internal organs and raises your odds for metabolic syndrome.
Eat snack food from farms, not factories
For example, choose a piece of fruit over cookies. High-sugar, low-fiber processed sweets send your blood sugar levels soaring and trigger the release of loads of insulin in order to bring levels down. Over time, a high-sugar diet taxes your body’s ability to control blood sugar, especially if you’re overweight or inactive.
Stay away from the 4 Metabolism Death Foods
Contrary to popular belief, fat in your diet likely isn’t the primary thing making your waist bigger – it’s probably consuming too much hidden sugar! Stay away from commercial juices which have way too much sugar in them and do not provide you with substantial amounts of vitamins or minerals.
“Healthy” Chips, Pretzels and crackers
So-called “healthy” chips usually contain lots of mostly-empty starches or carbs and are very high in sodium. And depending on the kind, these ultra-processed foods might also contain trans fats, such as partially hydrogenated oils, which are linked with numerous health problems.
This so called health food is usually sky-high in sugar, calories and processed grains. A measly ½ cup can set you back more than 250 calories, and it’s very unlikely to leave you feeling full or satisfied for long. The honey commonly used in granola also is highly processed and might be a major cause in weight gain.
These are probably the most deceiving. They lead you to believe that you can satisfy your sweet tooth with no calories, no guilt and a thinner waist line. However studies have shown some can actually stimulate your appetite and increase your cravings for carbohydrates, which means in the end you land up eating more calories than what you are saving with your increase in appetite.
Check back on Wednesday when I reveal the third and final Heart Risk that you doctor may not be telling you about!
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