METABOLIC SYNDROME--IMPORTANT INFO

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease Main Forum' started by Mikie, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Happy New Year, Everybody!!!


    A lot of attention has been focused on metabolic syndrome in medical circles lately. It is a combination of conditions which may lead to cardiac disease and/or diabetes. The symptoms or conditions are: Obesity, especially around the middle area; Elevated blood pressure; Elevated blood sugar; Elevated triglycerides; and, Below normal HDL cholesterol (the 'good' cholesterol). If one has several of these symptoms or conditions, it is time to take action. Many docs, including my own, treat these individually but don't make the connection of how dangerous they can be when they present together. Most docs also don't try to prevent these conditions but treat them when the patient is already in danger.

    In my case, I was so sick for so long that I couldn't work out so I gained weight. My weight gain was all over but more pronounced around my middle. I had high blood pressure and was taking meds for it. My blood sugar had crept up slightly each year and was 105 fasting when I had my lab work done a year ago. My cholesterol has always been good except that my 'good cholesterol' (HDL) was slightly low. In other words, I had metabolic syndrome. This is especially crucial in patients, like me, with a family history of fatal heart attacks.

    I started out taking my doc's advice and doing aerobic exercise to increase my HDL. It worked and my HDL is now normal and I dropped 16 pounds in the process without any dietary changes. My doc wasn't concerned about my blood sugar but I was and cut out breads, sugar, pastries and starchy veggies. I dropped another 14 pounds. I have 10 more to go to get my body mass index (BMI) into the normal range. BMI can be calculated online on many websites by entering one's height and weight.

    We are a nation of sedentary, sick and overweight people. Docs say that if we had a military draft today, half the young people would be too obese to qualify. New research is providing info on how eating sugar and the wrong kind of fats actually programs our brains to send out hunger signals so that we are never satisfied. Strangely, diet sodas can have the same effect. I have lost the desire for sweets and am satisfied with good food which is healthy. Quality protein, lots of veggies, and some fruit make for a delicious diet. I eat nuts on my cereal, in my salads and for snacks. I drink filtered water.

    I will post this in several locations because I think this info is so important for all of us. I hope that by using my example of how metabolic syndrome can be reversed, others will see that they can make healthier lifestyle and health choices. BTW, I have cut my blood pressure meds in half and hope that when I lose the last 10 pounds, my blood pressure will be normal without any meds. Right now, it is perfect with only half the dose of BP meds I had been on.

    I hope all y'all have a wonderful day and a Happy New Year!

    Love, Mikie
  2. Nanie46

    Nanie46 Moderator

    Hi Mikie and Happy New Year to you also!

    Thanks for sharing your story and how you are achieving improved health!

    It's a great reminder how what we eat, drink and how we move directly affects our body systems and our health.

    That's awesome how you took action and normalized your HDL cholesterol, are losing weight and are close to your goal, and you are weaning off your BP med!

    I have total faith in you that you will reach all your goals.

    You are a great example for everyone to learn more about not only our symptoms/conditions, but how they affect our body as a whole.

    I firmly believe that many chronic conditions/diseases can be reversed through nutrient dense food and lifestyle changes.

    The hardest part is usually following through and sticking with those diet and lifestyle changes, but you are doing it!

    Congratulations Mikie!! I'm happy for you and thankful that you are healthier now.
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Hi, Nanie,

    Thanks so very much for your kind words. After all these years of being sick, I am just discovering how to make better lifestyle choices. Yes, our basic health affects everything else. Used to be, though, that every condition was treated as a separate issue. Now, all the TV docs are explaining how our lifestyles affect us and how each condition affects all the other conditions and systems.

    Unfortunately, I've been in a relapse and my FMS and CFIDS/ME are not good. Still, how much worse would I feel had I not made the changes which are improving other issues for me? The peptide injections no longer seem to work. I had thought I'd found the magic bullet but, alas, there doesn't seem to be such a thing.

    Thank you for bringing so much good info, especially for our members with Lyme. I think I mentioned to you that my daughter has it but it seems to be in remission. She also has FMS but tries to live a full life in spite of it. She and my DSIL are foodies and eat very healthy diets. They are also jocks.

    Thanks!

    Love, Mikie