What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is a group of metabolic abnormalities that tend to cluster together, all of which are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The World Health Organisation classifies metabolic syndrome as Type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetes, combined with at least two of the following; obesity, dyslipidaemia (abnormal lipid levels in the blood), hypertension (high blood pressure), and microalbuminuria (a marker of vascular or artery dysfunction).
How is metabolic syndrome treated?
Commonly once a person is diagnosed with metabolic syndrome the GP will give direction with a multifactorial lifestyle modification program. The GP will ensure that appropriate medication is prescribed as necessary, while also commonly referring to an Exercise Physiologist and a Dietician. These allied health practitioners work together in providing guidance and helping implement changes with effective exercise and diet. Metabolic Syndrome is often complex while requiring ongoing support and guidance along their journey to better health.
How can an Exercise Physiologist help?
An Exercise Physiologist can help guide you through the process of implementing an exercise program that contains the most beneficial and appropriate combination of strength and aerobic (cardio) training for you. An exercise physiologist will perform testing that may include posture, strength, aerobic capacity to better understand your current fitness levels. An Exercise Physiologist will work with you in setting realistic achievable health goals that commonly surround weight loss, increasing strength, increasing tolerance to walking, with the aim to increase fitness levels and improve overall health.