Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Nutrition & Chiropractic
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), “Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk factors are traits, conditions, or habits that increase your chance of developing a chronic disease.”
The most common risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome are:
• Abdominal Obesity (A large waistline)
• High Triglyceride levels (or the need for medication to manage Triglyceride levels)
• Low HDL (or the need for medication to raise HDL levels)
• High Blood Pressure
• High fasting Blood Sugar and/or insulin resistance
Metabolic syndrome is basically an early warning sign that you will likely develop a more serious debilitating or life threatening disease such as Type II Diabetes, Stroke, and Heart Disease.
According to Reuters, “A new study found that 34 percent of U.S. adults in government health surveys conducted between 1999 and 2006 had metabolic syndrome — up from 29 percent in similar surveys done between 1988 and 1994.” This study was done at North Dakota State University in Fargo by researcher Dr. Gary Liguori
The good news is that metabolic syndrome is completely reversible with proper lifestyle changes. Proper diet, exercise are the key. At Redmond Ridge Chiropractic, We use Enzyme Nutrition therapy along combined with a customized exercise program to support healthy body composition, support healthy blood composition and pressure, and support healthy blood sugar and insulin levels.
Testing involves a detailed 24 hour urine analysis, a fasting somato-visceral stress test a signs and symptoms questionnaire and a detailed physical examination. Treatment usually includes dietary changes with coaching, enzymes to support digestive health, and enzymes to support healthy function of organs or systems identified during testing. The last piece is a customized home exercise program based on the patient’s age, abilities and goals.
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