Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Loss

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Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It puts you at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels.” – NHS, 2015.

Do your recent blood tests exhibit any of these results?

  • High blood levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol?
  • Low blood levels of ‘good’ cholesterol?
  • Insulin resistance – a decreased ability of the body to process sugars?
  • High blood fats?
  • High blood pressure?
  • High levels of inflammatory markers?
  • High levels of appetite control hormone leptin?
  • Excess body fat and an overweight, apple-shaped body?

If you answered yes to two or more of the above, you may have a so-called Metabolic Syndrome, a precursor to more serious health conditions including Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, cognitive decline, sleep apnoea, cancer.

Research indicates that carrying excess fat around the middle may be the main contributor to Metabolic Syndrome. Excess weight and Metabolic Syndrome both are directly correlated with your lifestyle habits. Nutritional Therapy as an adjunct to conventional pharmacology can help you to reverse the condition and prevent worsening of your health by means of intensive lifestyle interventions and the use of therapeutic dietary regimes.

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“Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater”.

Identifying the conditions

The importance of blood pressure and cholesterol testing is well accepted.
Other indicators for Metabolic Syndrome should also be considered to give a more accurate and predictive diagnosis. These additional tests help your GP and your nutritional therapist to define the best restorative actions. Body Composition Analysis and Health Testing may be indicated.

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“If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.”

Nutritional interventions

Nutrition interventions include strategies to lose weight, to improve health of your heart and arteries and also support blood sugar balance. Problems with insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation are at the core of Metabolic Syndrome.

Your Bespoke Nutritional and Lifestyle Programme may help to mitigate the risks of developing more serious health conditions.

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“Natalie Gillan creates a lifestyle and nutrition programme to reduce your risks of developing the more serious health conditions.”