The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines metabolic syndrome as “a group of conditions that together raise your risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious health problems.” Metabolic syndrome is also called insulin resistance syndrome. More than 30% of adults in the United States meet the diagnosis criteria for metabolic syndrome. 1/4th of the world population is estimated to have metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome conditions include:
• High blood pressure
• High blood sugar
• Increased body fat
• Abnormal cholesterol
These symptoms turn into organ system diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. This can also accelerate the aging process of not only the organs, but your whole body!

High blood sugar is the cause of insulin resistance and these are factors that influence insulin resistance:
• Genetics
• High sugar intake
• Fat accumulation in the liver

Risk factors for metabolic disease include:
• High carb/processed food diet
• Obesity
• Inactive lifestyle
• Family history of diabetes
• Gestational diabetes
• Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
• Polycystic ovary disease
• Smoking
• Sleep apnea
• Increased age
• Ethnicity
• Long covid
• Post-vaccine syndrome

What can I do to prevent metabolic syndrome or improve my body’s condition if I have already been diagnosed?
1. Get screened for diabetes and heart disease.
2. Make the commitment to yourself to choose the right foods to eat and adopt intermittent fasting unless you have medical reasons why you cannot.
3. Plan time in to exercise and block off the time in your calendar. Make it become a healthy habit. Do something fun outside!
4. Add these supplements/drugs:
• Berberine
• Metformin
• Magnesium
• Reseveratrol
• Melatonin
• Cinnamon
• Omega-3
• Probiotics
5. Reduce stress. Add yoga, tai-chi, breathing exercises, and positive intention setting into your routine.
6. This is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet or exercise plan. Learn to love this new style of living.

Please note: If you are scheduled for surgery, let your anesthesia team know if you take supplements. Sometimes they can interact with anesthesia medication.

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