Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the western world. By targeting insulin resistance, oxidative stress & inflammation we are treating the three most important processes in the initiation and progression of cardiovascular disease.
Insulin resistance refers to cells that respond poorly to insulin. Over time, a diet high in refined carbohydrates can desensitize our cells insulin receptors resulting in excess insulin circulating in the blood and going unutilized. The most well known condition associated with insulin resistance is Type 2 Diabetes but the presence of excess insulin in the blood can be associated with many other conditions including high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypothyroidism, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis, premature ageing and acne.
The term Metabolic syndrome (syndrome X) was coined to describe the array of risk factors for Cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. These risk factors include: fasting glucose greater that 5.0mmol/L, increased abdominal fat (hip to waist ratio above 0.90 for males and 0.85 for females), elevated triglycerides and LDL, elevated ALT on liver function test, high blood pressure.
Metabolic Syndrome is predominantly a disease of diet and lifestyle. Important considerations in treatment and prevention include:
- Achieve glycaemic control and improve insulin sensitivity through diet by reducing carbohydrate intake, increasing dietary fibre and intermittent fasting
- Reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, through both diet & lifestyle modifications
- Weight loss (if overweight)
- Address dyslipidemia
- Reduce hypertension
- Establish optimal nutritional status
- Regular exercise and physical activity
- Implement stress management techniques
If you feel you are at risk of metabolic syndrome it is important to seek treatment. There is much that can be achieved through diet and lifestyle modifications and herbal and nutrition supplementation. Naturopathy can also be safely integrated with conventional medicine and Emma can work with you and your doctor to incorporate a wholistic approach where necessary. Pathology may be suggested for at-risk clients and Emma can refer you to the appropriate laboratory for testing.