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Is Stress Giving you a Spare Tire – Part 2

In part one we examined how cortisol our bodies stress hormone can become elevated with chronic stress, and eventually lead burn out if this stress continues long term.

This next post will examine metabolic syndrome and the role of insulin in health.

Insulin tells the cells to do the following:

  • Absorb glucose, fatty acids and amino acids (building blocks of protein)
  • Stop breaking down glucose, fatty acids and amino acids –  already in storage

In metabolic syndrome high levels of insulin are secreted in response to food and/or stress to counteract high blood glucose. After awhile the body reaches a state of insulin resistance, which can be similar to “the boy who called wolf”, after awhile insulin no longer responds to the high levels of glucose from food or stress. The result is more fat storage within the body!

Studies have found that one in five Canadian adults have metabolic syndrome.

 Metabolic syndrome can be diagnosed in cases where three or more of the following criteria are met:

  • abdominal obesity – (waist circumference > 102 cm for men and> 88 cm for  women);
  • elevated plasma triglyceride level (≥ 1.7 mmol/L);
  • decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level (< 1.03 mmol/L for men and < 1.30 mmol/L for women);
  • elevated blood pressure (≥ 130/85 mm Hg);
  • elevated fasting glucose level (≥ 6.1 mmol/L).

How can you take control?

Gather more information – Consider seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, who can test cortisol and insulin levels using salivary hormone testing which examines at how hormones are functioning in the tissues rather then the circulating blood stream.

Stabilize blood glucose levels by following a low glycemic diet.

Reduce stress to modulate cortisol levels by developing sustainable stress management techniques, see a Naturopathic Doctor to find out what botanical and supplemental options will help support this transition.

Regular exercise to support insulin balance and weight loss.

Maintain proper hydration so you can optimize your bodies metabolic activity.

Ensure sufficient amounts of sleep daily, sleep deprivation has been linked to insulin resistant. There are many natural options to support sleep.

To find out how Naturopathic Medicine can help support weight loss, and stress management contact Ashley here.

This post is for educational purposes only, and not meant to replace a visit with a health practitioner.


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