Americans are feeling tired and they are gaining “unwanted” weight at alarming rates. Maybe you are an exception. I hope so. But, if you are at least 30 years of age, you likely have gained weight “against your will”. Think back to age 21. What was your weight? Has it changed? If you are typical, it is up ½ to 1 pound (or more) for each year.
Did you know that 100% of Americans, eating common American foods, are NOT getting recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals? Did you know that those same Americans who obtain the lowest amounts of vitamins and minerals gain the most weight? Both of these facts have been proven through research, and they are not going to change any time soon.
Fatigue is truly epidemic! Almost without exception, when I interview patients, it becomes apparent that energy levels are just not what they should be. The onset of the fatigue has typically been subtle, and it has then worsened over time. I’ve observed that fatigue has become a new epidemic, while it was relatively uncommon 30 years ago. What has changed? And what can we do about it?
We hear the word “metabolism” frequently. And, if yours is “sluggish”, it likely impacts you daily. Although we have a general sense of what metabolism is and how it affects us, few people can accurately define it. Metabolism can be thought of as the body’s chemical processes that allow 3 crucial aspects of life to occur:
- Energy for body activity and body heat to stay warm
- Body functions for basic life to occur (like breathing and digestion)
- Body structure production and maintenance (brain, bones, muscles, hair, etc)
These areas of metabolism have in common a demand for an energy source, i.e. calories! If any one of these 3 aspects of metabolism is impaired or sluggish, negative consequences are inevitable, often including weight gain!
By Dr. Rick Tague
Metabolic Syndrome: A common cause of weight gain…And how to fight it!
Don’t let it sneak up on you, know what to look for and what to do, read on…
Being overweight puts you at risk of having Metabolic Syndrome. What is Metabolic Syndrome? It’s actually a cluster of conditions that increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The five common findings of Metabolic Syndrome are: increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist, or abnormal cholesterol levels. You don’t have to have all of these to be diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, just having 3 of the 5 qualifies you for the classification. Having just 1 or 2 of the findings puts you at risk of a milder form of the condition sometimes referred to as “insulin resistance.”