Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is a condition in which a group of risk factors for Cardiovascular issues and lifestyle related Type 2 Diabetes occur together. Metabolic Syndrome is now recognised to be a leading cause of the two major causes of death in our society.

Having Metabolic Syndrome puts you at a very high risk to abnormal blood sugar and may results in Type 2 diabetes. Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome and the many conditions that are related to it most often involves improving our ability to regulate our blood sugar by sensitising insulin.

How Do I know if I have Metabolic Syndrome?

You may have been diagnosed with one or some of the following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-diabetes (at risk for diabetes)
  • High triglycerides
  • Low “good” HDL cholesterol and high “bad” LDL cholesterol
  • Carrying extra weight around your waist or a “beer gut”
  • Family history of diabetes, heart attack or stroke

What other symptoms are associated with Metabolic Syndrome

Skin: Typical skin features are a darkening and roughening of skin and skin tags.

Reproductive (female): Polycystic ovary syndrome, early puberty, absent or infrequent menstrual periods, and infertility

Reproductive (male): Impotence, low libido, prostate problems

Nervous System: Depression, migraines and headaches, memory loss and dementia

Sleep: Snoring and sleep apnoea. These can lead to fatigue and daytime sleepiness.

What causes Metabolic Syndrome?

Many factors are responsible for the initiation of Metabolic Syndrome. It is primarily due to the effects of unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as lack of exercise, poorly management stress, and a high calorie, highly processed, nutrient-deficient diet. These factors can throw your body out of balance and you lose the ability to regulate the levels of fat and sugar in your blood. This can cause many of the other symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?

Because Metabolic Syndrome is caused largely by lifestyle, plenty can be done to remedy the condition. However, if not appropriately managed can lead to irreversible damage to your heart and arteries, kidney, liver and nervous system. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is vital protection against Metabolic Syndrome. Regular exercise, non-smoking, a nutritious diet, and stress reduction are all important. MNMC offers specialised programs to help you find the best way for you to stay healthy


Take a proactive approach and consult one of our highly qualified naturopaths at MNMC today. You can make an appointment online, email us, or phone us on (03) 96862566. Our clinic in 49 Chetwynd St, North Melbourne, is open six days a week.

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