The connection between nutrition and metabolic syndrome is more substantial than you might think. Metabolic syndrome is a lifestyle disease that occurs when poor diet and activity choices lead to obesity and other health related issues.

According to the International Diabetes Association, metabolic syndrome is diagnosed in somebody with obesity (a body mass index over 30), along with two of these other conditions.

  • Increased BP (blood pressure) greater than 130/85
  • High triglycerides, more than 150
  • Low HDL cholesterol, under 40 in men and 50 in women
  • Blood glucose greater than 100 when fasting
  • A diagnosis of insulin resistant diabetes


As you can see, all of the criteria for being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome can occur from unhealthy lifestyle choices. Thus, it makes sense that if we change our lifestyle we can combat this condition.


The Connection between Nutrition and Metabolic Syndrome


Nutrition and metabolic syndrome have a relationship that needs to be understood to treat this condition. The food we consume plays a huge role in our overall health. Our bodies were not designed to consume processed foods and large amounts of one substance. Sugar and processed foods are wreaking havoc on our overall health and wellness. According to the American Diabetes Association, the average American consumes 22 times more sugar on a daily basis than needed. It is recommended that we consume less than 25 grams of sugar per day. The average American consumes more than 500 grams of sugar per day!

Our bodies cannot handle all of this extra sugar. Thus, it gets converted and stored in the cells as fat. This is one of the major contributing factors of obesity, type II diabetes, and metabolic syndrome!

Making simple dietary changes, such as decreasing sugar intake to the daily recommended level of under 25 grams per day, can make a huge difference. Another way to make a huge impact is to make an effort to consume foods that do not come out of a box or can. Opt for fresh or frozen meal options that are high in veggies and whole grains. Then add 2 or 3 servings of lean proteins and fruit to that, and you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

If you are unsure about how to make these changes and have no idea where to start, there are many resources at your disposal.


Getting the Help You Need


Your physician is a great place to start for getting help to combat metabolic syndrome. Your doctor can refer you to a dietician who can teach you about the relationship between nutrition and metabolic syndrome.

There are also several community classes and resources in many cities and suburbs. Check with your local community education center to see if they offer any classes related to making healthy lifestyle changes.

Making the changes now can lead to a healthier and happier life in the future!