Type 2 diabetes is viewed as being an aspect of what is called the metabolic syndrome. The condition is reasonably common and is characterized by insulin resistance and its related effects including …
- high blood sugar,
- high blood pressure,
- high levels of triglycerides, and
The good news is all of the above effects are very much controllable with a healthy diet plan, so it is not a condition you are going to have to live with for the rest of time. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are increasing in conjunction with incidences of the metabolic syndrome.
There are, however, some things you may not know about when it comes to the metabolic syndrome. Brushing up your knowledge will better help you treat this condition. Here is what you need to know …
Family History Is Important. First, know if your family members suffered from the metabolic syndrome as this does mean you will have a higher chance of also suffering. You will want to pay close attention to your diet plan if this is the case and make sure you are eating an appropriate amount for your body weight.
How You Wear Your Fat Matters. Also, keep in mind not all body fat is the same. If the fat is primarily around your legs and arms, this is going to be less problematic than if it is in your abdominal area. When fat is beneath the skin (so not skin deep) and is surrounding your organs, it has the potential to interfere with their functioning, so that is when it becomes a problem.
Visceral fat is much more dangerous than subcutaneous fat, so you do want to take this into account. If you have a very large waistline, you are going to be most at risk.
A Plant-Based Diet Can Help Cut Metabolic Syndrome. Keep in mind one of the best ways to slash your risk factor for the metabolic syndrome or at least curb some of the symptoms, is to consume a plant-based diet. As the name implies, it means feasting on more greens and fewer meats. While it is essential you get your protein in, eating copious amounts of meat does equate to raised cholesterol levels, which then leads to many of the problems mentioned above.
Losing Weight. You do not need to make significant changes to improve your lifestyle. Losing five to ten pounds can have a substantial impact on your risk factor for the metabolic syndrome and control some of the symptoms you are seeing.
Modest weight loss adds up: it will pay off in time.
Exercise Is A Must. While diet is the most critical factor for controlling the metabolic syndrome, exercise is also going to play a critical role. Any exercise or physical activity will go a long way towards helping you better manage your blood sugar and body weight.
Keep these points in mind. Do not take this condition lightly. It is easy to think it is not that big of a problem as often you do not notice symptoms. Do not wait until you have suffered a heart attack or stroke.
None of this is pretty which is why it is crucial for you to eat healthily and exercise.