Why does metabolic health matter?

The consequences of poor metabolic health

  • Many diseases that are now common are related to poor metabolic health. Most of these were rare 100 years ago.
  • Poor metabolic health can feel like the body is at war with itself.
  • It can cause tiredness, low energy, feeling fed-up, and frequent hunger. It can be difficult to lose weight, especially belly fat.
  • The level of inflammation in the body increases and the immune system can be affected – this can lead to increased risk from infections.

The body at war


I had got used to feeling tired and thought my increasing waistline was just the result of getting older. I had been on blood pressure tablets for a few years. Then at my annual check-up the blood test showed I had developed type 2 diabetes. I was shocked. Why had this happened to me? Then, as I learnt about type 2 diabetes and metabolic health I realised I'd had a problem for years. Finally developing type 2 diabetes was like my body's pressure valve blowing. My mother had died of kidney problems linked to diabetes. With my diagnosis it was time to get control of my health. I had got my wakeup call.


How does poor metabolic health feel?

  • Tired all the time
  • Lack of energy, and energy lows
  • Frequently hungry
  • General aches and pains
  • Feeling fed-up or depressed

Poor metabolic health causes

  • Difficulty losing weight and especially belly fat.
  • Skin tags. Little bits of skin that hang off the body. Often on the neck and armpits.
  • Acanthosis nigricans. Darkening of skin folds.
  • Type 2 diabetes. High blood sugar due to the body not responding to insulin that removes sugar from the blood
  • Prediabetes. High blood sugar, but not yet at the level of type 2 diabetes
  • Fatty liver. Build up of excess fat in the liver.

Other associated conditions

  • Heart disease, including heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, and heart failure.
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of infections, and difficultly fighting infections. This includes the COVID-19 infection.
  • Kidney disease, with reduced ability for the kidneys to filter blood.
  • Arthritis, with painful, inflamed, or damaged joints.
  • Fibromyalgia, with wide-spread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, and often mood and memory problems.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome, with disruption of hormone balance causing a number of symptoms such as acne, increased waist circumference, altered periods and fertility problems.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Mental health disorders.
  • Some cancers, including in breast, colon, and pancreas.
  • Dementia, with reduced memory and ability to process information.


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