Metabolic syndrome… The road to Type 2 Diabetes?
People with Insulin Resistance Syndrome, also known as Metabolic Syndrome or X Syndrome, can also have other health problems, such as high blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels, overweight, obesity and hypertension (high blood pressure), which is why these people are at high risk of suffering heart attacks and strokes, among other devastating health consequences.
Due to this, early detection of insulin resistance or its risk factors is very important. In recent past, doctors didn’t check the degree of “insulin sensitivity” of their patients and found out about the consequences of the problem when damage was already done.
Given that Insulin resistance Syndrome can cause serious health problems and its symptoms usually go unnoticed, it is very important for people to identify every risk factor they may have, and if they think they have insulin resistance, it’s recommended to seek medical attention to be examined and if possibly to get a test called “Glucose Tolerance Curve” which will show the degree of sensitivity their cells have to insulin. If we don’t take all necessary corrective measures, over time our cells will become increasingly less sensitive or more resistant to insulin signals, which will cause our blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise more and more; if this problem persists you will develop Type 2 Diabetes, and even when we can still improve our insulin sensitivity at this point, we won’t be able to reverse the Diabetes diagnosis.
Metabolic Syndrome isn’t considered a disease but rather a set of cardiovascular risk factors that conform a very harmful health condition. Doctors formerly knew that people who had some of these risk factors were more likely to develop Diabetes, Atherosclerosis and Heart Attacks among others; then later, they put together these risk factors and considered them a syndrome. Initially, and because it didn’t have a specific name, they decided to call it X Syndrome.
If we minimize these cardiovascular risk factors, we’ll be preventing the consequences caused by Metabolic Syndrome. This is why the recommendations for this are: taking care of our body weight, maintaining healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity, maintaining normal blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure levels, so we can have an excellent quality of life.