As a doctor poor metabolic health is one of the most common reasons people seek help from me. It affects more than 6 out of 10 people.
However, no-one comes in to see me saying “Hi doc, I’ve got poor metabolic health.” Instead, common problems include being tired all the time, general aches and pains, or feel fed up. Physically people suffer from joint problems, skin problems, and excess belly fat.
Medically there are a huge range of conditions that are the consequence of poor metabolic heath – from type 2 diabetes, to high blood pressure, to fertility problems, to gout, to increased risk from infections.
But, once it is recognised that poor metabolic health is at the root of these health problems then huge health improvements can be made. This is a relief and energising for the patient, and exciting for me as a doctor.
Better metabolic health means happier patients, less pills, and a better life.