Addressing Multiple Disorders with Fitness
Metabolic Syndrome. It sounds complicated, but it actually defines a combination of disorders. It is considered a cluster of risk factors including, but not limited to:
- High blood pressure (which can lead to stroke)
- High blood sugar and insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes)
- High cholesterol (which can contribute to heart disease and stroke)
- Abdominal fat, the visceral fat that collects around the abdomen and other key places in the body (which can increase risk of other mentioned conditions above)
Other risk factors can include:
- Obesity — especially abdominal obesity
- Unhealthy lifestyle
- Hormonal imbalance
According to the Mayo Clinic, having just one of these risk factors doesn’t mean you have Metabolic Syndrome. However, any of these conditions can certainly compromise your health.
If you have Metabolic Syndrome or any of its components, aggressive behavioral lifestyle changes to diet and exercise can delay or even prevent the development of serious, life-threatening problems.
At Lori Michiel Fitness, we will consult with our client’s healthcare provider prior to designing exercise programs that combine safe aerobic and anaerobic moves. We teach relaxation techniques to help lower blood pressure and also offer nutritional counseling so our clients can eat healthy and lose weight.
To find out what research is being conducted on Metabolic Syndrome, visit the Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome Journal.