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Metabolic Syndrome: Why Women Over 40 Are Susceptible And What To Do About It

Metabolic Syndrome

Many women believe that just because they hit the age of 40, things will change in their body.

They’ll get fat, start to look old, and before long go into menopause.

Not having their female hormones to protect them anymore against heart attack and other diseases that commonly affect men, their words about getting older seem to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

QuestionWhat Is Metabolic Syndrome?

One of the disorders that many women fall prey to is called Metabolic Syndrome.

About a decade ago, this was called Syndrome X, mainly because doctors had no idea what was happening to women and why it was occurring.

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of conditions that together mean that a woman is at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome may also apply to men as well. If it happens to men, then their waistline is usually 40 inches or more.

RiskWhat Are The Warning Signs Of Metabolic Syndrome?

Here’s what makes up the components of Metabolic Syndrome:

‣ The person gains weight, but it’s primarily around their middle.

This is called central obesity and it is not good because the fat is around the abdominal organs.

Fat isn’t an inert pile of lard-like material; instead, it sends out hormones into the rest of the body and the immune system doesn’t work as well as it should.

The woman often doesn’t realize that once her waistline exceeds 35 inches, she’s at risk for diabetes and heart disease.

‣ Insulin resistance, as evidenced by hunger throughout the day, even after a meal has been eaten, and rising fasting blood sugar levels – equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL.

‣ HDL cholesterol levels – the protective cholesterol – under 50 mg/dL

Triglycerides equal to or higher than 150 mg/dL

‣ High blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mm Hg)

Someone with Metabolic Syndrome won’t necessarily have all these symptoms but a diagnosis is made with three or more of them.

The Metabolic Syndrome Lifestyle Is At Fault

Stressed MotherNow let’s look at the lifestyle of someone over the age of 40 and see how this syndrome can easily result.

A woman in her 40s may have children in their teenage years. This is enough stress to cause her to pull her hair out, let alone not have any time for herself.

Her weight starts going up – not much, just about 20 or 30 pounds.

So worried about taking care of the responsibilities of the household, she lets her health suffer and before long, exercise isn’t a part of her own life anymore.

She may also have an aging parent who is requiring in-home care and have to spend a lot of time with the parent in caregiving.

As a result of eating on the run, she doesn’t choose meals that support her health. What she eats is whatever she can find on the run.

She hates the fact that she isn’t eating as she would like to – but that’s just the way it is.

Next StepHow To Intervene And Put The Metabolic Syndrome Behind You

If this sounds like you, stop for a moment. Slow down for just half an hour and think about what’s happening.

You’re really letting other people dictate your life and putting their needs before your own.

Of course, to an extent this is a good motherly trait, but when the lifestyle is ruining your own health, you must be the one who says ENOUGH. I MUST TAKE CARE OF MYSELF OR I WILL NOT BE AROUND TO HELP ANYONE.

It’s time to delegate. Delegate more responsibility to one of the teens or all of the teens. Send the teens over to take care of their grandmother as well.

Two Other Changes To Make – Small Ones

The biggest and most important change you must take the time at least for 45 minutes of exercise five days a week, no matter what.

This alone will change multiple things all at once:

✓ Help you lose the weight.

✓ Once the weight is lost, the blood pressure will come down and the blood sugar level will also automatically be lower.

✓ Your waist will decrease.

✓ You will feel better and have more energy.

✓ The exercise will raise the HDL levels and lower the total cholesterol.

All from one little change. Metabolic syndrome doesn’t happen in those who exercise! It can be reversed once you get to the gym and start a healthy exercise plan.

And the second change is quite simple: just don’t eat more than 30 grams carbohydrates in any 2-hour period during the day. Count the carbs on the labels of the foods you are eating.

What this does is stops the large rush of insulin that causes the body to store fat for the next 18 hours.

It makes your workouts more effective and makes dieting a piece of cake – well, only if that piece is less than 30 grams carbohydrates and the only thing eaten for 2 hours.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying start eating cake! Just that you could potentially eat cake on your diet if you don’t exceed the 30 gram carbohydrate rule.

So start thinking about rearranging your life to make your health a priority – all you need is 45 minutes exercise a day five days a week.

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