Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Abdominal Obesity Equals Worsening Health

While some people may not like the size of their booties, rump size is not a health risk.  Not at all.  Abdominal obesity, on the other hand, is a major and independent risk factor for poor health. 
Abdominal obesity is asociated with a myriad of serious illness.  Such illness include:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Endocrine dysfunction
If you look at all of these conditions, one uinfying diagnosis connects them all--> the metabolic syndrome.  People with the metabolic syndrome are less healthy than age matched people without the condition.  Often these people "feel" fine.  They are not fine. 

Treatment of metabolic syndrome is multifaceted and is ultimately directed at decreasing the source(s) of the disorder.
  • Weight loss
  • Excercise
  • Diet
  • Smoking cessation
  • Glucose control
  • Blood presure control
  • Treatment of sleep apnea
  • Lipid control
  • Testosterone support (when indicated)
If you have a large gut; if you are in yor 40s or younger and have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or sexual dysnfunction; if you have erectile dysfunction or male infertility; you may have the metabolic syndrome.

Consult your doctor now.