I used to think that there were four seasons in a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Then I moved to Maine and found out there are actually only three: Winter, Mud and Construction! Okay, so I may be exaggerating a bit. Actually, autumn in Maine is pretty awesome and it is my favorite time of year. Clear blue skies, a crisp chill in the air and vibrant color everywhere as we all live to leaf peep. For some of you, though, autumn ushers in the most important season of all: Football! From here through February, if your four food groups become football, the remote control, potato chips and the couch we need to talk, at least during half-time.
Over the past several decades, we’ve become an extremely sedentary culture. We sit more and move less. From desk jobs to computer gaming to social media, our world has shrunk as our waistbands have expanded. As a result, we are now dealing with a whole new epidemic called Metabolic Syndrome.
Metabolic Syndrome is defined as a cluster of risk factors including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, abnormal cholesterol levels and excess body weight otherwise known as the dreaded belly fat. If you have 3 out of five of these, you have Metabolic syndrome.
According to the American Heart Association, 47 million Americans now have metabolic syndrome. While a whopping 40% of those in their 60’s and 70’s have it, a recent CDC study published in Pediatrics shows the epidemic isn’t limited to older adults. Obesity in teens has ballooned in the past decade; 23% of teens are now classified as diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Excess weight, particularly around our middles, is the biggest contributor to metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome typically includes three or more of these symptoms:
- waistline of 40+ inches for men or 35+ inches for women
- high blood pressure of 130/85 mmHg or higher (including those on meds for bp)
- high triglycerides of 150 mg/dL or higher
- high blood sugar of 100 mg/dL or higher (or type 2 diabetes)
- low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol: Men-under 40 mg/dL Women-under 50 mg/dL
Get on offense to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome with the following game plan:
- Lose weight
- Exercise 30 minutes (moderately intense) 5–7 times per week.
- Quit smoking
- Improve your diet by eating:
- a variety of fruits and vegetables
- whole grains (avoid refined grains, like white rice & white bread)
- foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
- fat-free or low-fat dairy products (if you eat dairy)
- fewer salty foods
- less sugar (especially refined sugar and artificial sweeteners)
Nutritional science is your special team in the healthy game of life. Look for these key nutrients to include in your daily routine:
- Pycnogenol®: a natural super-antioxidant proven to help lower blood glucose levels, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and blood pressure and improve overall health.
- Madeglucyl™: patented ingredient derived from jambul plant seeds, proven effective in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels in pharmacological and clinical trials.
- Glucohelp™: patented banana tree extract with a high percentage of corosolic acid shown to support healthy glucose metabolism.
- Antioxidants: especially carotenoids found in spinach, sweet potato, red peppers, tomatoes, kale, pumpkin, and carrots. Researchers have found that these foods may reduce risk factors by helping to shrink waistlines, reduce belly fat & lower triglycerides.
- Cinnamon: spice shown in studies to combat insulin resistance and improve hemoglobin levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
This football season, become an all-pro by making healthier choices on game day. Consider a brisk walk at half time, some pushups between quarters and maybe a medley of crisp fall veggies with a nice hummus dip. How about a healthy competition with your friends to see who’s tightened their belt the most by the playoffs? You may find yourself a fitter football fanatic by Superbowl Sunday! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’m a “cheese-head” so it will be Green Bay all the way this year! Am I in trouble yet?
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