Reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by reducing your BMI and triglycerides. Metabolic Syndrome risk factors play a huge part in your future health challenges.
My last blog post introduced Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. You learned that Metabolic Syndrome is a health challenge you want to avoid that is described by a cluster of risk factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes.
You learned about the trigger risk factors involved. Please note: just 1 of these risk factors is cause for concern but any 2 together should be sounding the alarm that you have Metabolic Syndrome and are on the way to full blown Type 2 Diabetes.
- Obesity with waistlines over 40 inches for males and over 35 inches for females
- High or low blood sugar
- Elevated BMI (body mass index) greater than 30
- Elevated triglycerides
- Low levels of “good” cholesterol – HDL
- High blood pressure/hypertension
I challenged you to get out your tape measure to check your waistline. How did you measure up?
You also learned some tips on keeping your blood sugar more stable. You learned how to get out of the “Insulin Trap” and off the “Glycemic Rollercoaster.” Hopefully you have made some positive changes toward a more stable blood sugar.
Now I am going to focus on BMI and triglycerides.
What is BMI?
BMI is a measurement determined by your body mass (weight) and your height. It is used as a method of determining how much your weight is over or under what should be normal for a person of your height. Basically it can be a way of determining if you are overweight, underweight or in the obese category.
I’ll be vulnerable and calculate my BMI as an example.
Ideal BMI is really less than 25. However to be included as a risk factor for Metabolic Syndrome it is set 30 or above. BMI is sometimes calculated slightly different in other countries. This is basic for USA.
A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy for most adults. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight while 30 and above is considered obese. On the other end a BMI of 18.5 or less is considered underweight. A BMI less than 17.5 is dangerously low and could be considered anorexic.
What are Triglycerides?
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. They are natural and are important to your health and your energy level. However when they become elevated you are at a higher risk for heart disease as well as Type 2 Diabetes.
Triglyceride levels are a reflection of the amount and types of fats and carbohydrates in your diet. When you eat your body converts any calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides for storage in fat cells. They are used, if needed, for energy between meals.
Think ‘empty calories’ or ‘easy calories’ and you will be thinking of foods that can raise your triglyceride levels. Here are some examples of some of the foods you may be thinking about:
- processed foods especially carbohydrates like breads and grain products.
- any kind of processed sugars.
- large servings.. more food than you need.. overeating.
- hydrogenated fats and oils such as corn or soy oil.
A healthy level of triglycerides is below 150. This is usually included in your fasting blood test that also measures your cholesterol. My last blood test (2-28-2013) showed my triglycerides at 69. When did you last have your triglycerides checked and how did you measure up?
What can you do to bring your BMI and Triglycerides into a healthy range?
- Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and real whole grains
- Increase fish consumption particularly those rich in omega-3’s like salmon, tuna and anchovies
- Reduce the serving size of beef, pork, chicken or turkey to 4 oz. or less on average
- Supplement with a high quality Fish Oil like NeoLife’s Salmon Oil Plus
- Plan meals and snacks to provide 2 to 1 ratio of protein versus carbohydrates as you learned in the last article
- Use a high quality protein drink such as a NeoLife Shake for at least one meal per day as you learned in the last blog
NeoLife’s Salmon Oil Plus has been used in human clinical trials. It has been shown it can help lower triglycerides. The average triglyceride reduction in the 8 week study was 17% but the greatest reduction was 52%. A point to consider is the people with the highest triglyceride numbers had the greatest reduction.
Other benefits of NeoLife Salmon Oil Plus are:
- Balances and regulates cells
- Improves inflammation
- Improves blood pressure
- Improves brain function
- Supports function of blood vessels, heart, skin, eyes and joints
- Relieves menstrual pain, psoriasis and inflamed bowels.
Why chose NeoLife Salmon Oil Plus over ‘XYZ’ brand?
- Has all 8 omega-3s in high standardized potency
- Exclusive NeoLife technology ..UHP03 (Ultra High Potency Omega-3 fatty acids) which boosts, stabilizes and standardizes
- Whole food goodness of natural food grade salmon
- Includes specific nutrient molecules from tuna, sardines and anchovies guaranteed for potency, purity and consistency
- Only includes the finest, top quality, health-screened, disease-free fish selected for human consumption
- Screened for more than 200 potential contaminants with an allowable detection limit of ZERO
- Guaranteed to deliver 460 mg EPA, 480 mg DHA and 80 mg mixed omega-3 fatty acids with every 3-capsule serving
- Each 3-capsule serving is equal to a full dinner’s worth of omega-3’s
Accept the challenge today. Take action steps to reduce your BMI and triglycerides thus reducing your risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. Take charge, make good choices and please share with me what action steps you are taking in the comments section below.
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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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