Metabolic syndrome article in my local paper
or if the link goes dead
Metabolic syndrome — should you be worried?
FEBRUARY, 27 2013
BY THE DOCTORS
SPECIAL TO THE BONANZA
Large waist, high blood pressure, excess blood sugar, high levels of the blood fat triglycerides, or low counts of
good HDL cholesterol: Any one of these can harm your health.
But when three or more occur together, it gets a new name: metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that raise
the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
But lifestyle changes can delay or prevent serious health problems. Science-backed strategies include not smoking
and taking these three additional steps:
Walk (fast). How hard you exercise, not how long, matters more, a study of 10,000 adults in Denmark suggests.
Researchers found fast walking and jogging every day can cut the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 50
percent, but walking an hour a day makes little difference. Another study found that people who lift weights are less prone to metabolic syndrome. Before starting new exercise, talk with your doctor.
Eat fruits and vegetables. Peaches, plums and nectarines in particular have compounds that may fight metabolic
syndrome, a study suggests. Other tips: Include lean meats and fish, fat-free or low-fat dairy, whole grains and
beans; and limit salt, sugar and saturated fats. Get your BMI under 25. Body mass index, which is calculated from height and weight, is an estimate of body fat. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal, and it's the goal range to prevent and manage metabolic syndrome. Note: Losing as little as 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight helps insulin and blood pressure and can lessen the risk of diabetes.
Quit smoking. Not only does it worsen the health consequences of metabolic syndrome, but smoking harms every organ in your body and raises your risk of cancer, heart, lung and respiratory disease. For help, visit smokefree.gov
or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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So this was in my local paper there some good things and some things I don't agree with but I think the message is getting out to people at least. Discuss... Its just info..
I think even when doctors are on the right track, they have to moderate the message or it won't be made public. Thus they appear to have said nothing about grains (at least they are not saying whole wheat will prevent metabolic syndrome) and are saying low fat. If they had said to give up grains and eat fat, it would have been the kiss of death for their message.