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
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.
- Some cancers, including in breast, colon, and pancreas
- Dementia, with reduced memory and ability to process information.