Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Alistair discussed on Res-Q Health Line


Getting ready for a big road game today and in buffalo or the ravens will hold to continue to some of their number one seed in the AFC I can't believe this but the Philadelphia Eagles are still alive yeah and you know it I don't know who wants it last Alistair if the horrible vision this year but again you always say in it because you just never know how that's going to turn on the post season so your best of luck to you yeah he laughs sarcastically all right so as we are drawn to the close of the year a lot of people start to think about their health we always do this we make new year's resolutions about Arnold one serious health issue for people consider is something called metabolic syndrome we've talked about it before but do you think most people know what metabolic syndrome is probably not Shanina Alice according to a national health survey more than one in five Americans actually has metabolic syndrome and believe it or not the number Sean increases with age affecting more than forty percent of people that are in their sixties and seventies so I I can tell you that you know I think a lot of people have metabolic syndrome and don't even know if they have the same job so what is it when we talk about metabolic syndrome what exactly are we talking about yes and and that's a great question it's a it's a group of conditions that actually increase our risk for heart disease stroke and I'd be this and those that you know it's really I always thought of it as a triad of can conditions along with for saying so remember high blood pressure high blood sugar and we can go over the specific numbers and increase cholesterol are really the three major things high blood pressure high blood sugar and high cholesterol levels but that's for thing is really access body fat and that excess body fat they were talking about is really around the waist so if you're a male and the circumference of your waist is more than forty centimeters that's considered bad if you're a woman and that circumference of your waist is greater than thirty five centimeters that's considered bad so you know all these things that I mentioned high blood pressure high blood glucose levels are high sugar levels increase cholesterol levels and we talk about increased cholesterol I'm really focusing on either increase triglyceride levels or decreased HDL levels so again I'll throw some numbers out there if your triglycerides are greater than one fifty for if you're a male and your HDL level is less than forty and your email and your HDL level is less than fifty maps that's a contributor to any of those things I just mentioned are contributors to the metabolic send we mentioned blood pressure when we talk about blood pressure member we're talking about the two numbers the top number and bottom number the top number is our systolic pressure and matches are hurt that's when our hearts contracting and the systolic blood pressure a systolic blood pressure equal to or greater than one thirty is considered you know contributory towards my locker drum or a diastolic pressure which remember is when our heart relaxes in the selling pressure at the bottom number sh when that bottom number is greater than or equal to eighty five that's also a contributor to metabolic syndrome and lastly just last number to throw people if you're fasting glucose is greater than a hundred that's a contributor to metabolic syndrome and it's interesting shot all these things were mentioning high blood pressure blood sugar obesity or or you know some centripetal obesity or central obesity and increase cholesterol levels independently all of those things we've talked about in the past our contributors to the cardiovascular disease hi but if you have those that that cluster a triad along with being overweight you know your risk for heart disease stroke and diabetes it's actually increases exponentially yeah there's no doubt about that I think that when you talk about the these numbers and then you need to have your blood work done at least on an annual basis maybe more of you have certain conditions in and shows check with your physician to do that but we all kind of know if we've got that belly fat chances are you've got at least some markers for this metabolic syndrome so that's something we can feel we can physically see and that that pretty much I think would would denote that day you you better do something about it right absolutely China Max you know of all the things you mentioned that's the most obvious that and and that can also be changed email a lot of these things that were mentioning you don't think about it or the underlying causes of of metabolic you know syndrome obesity is going to an activity genetic factors in advancing age well you know it's it's hard to change genetic factors you know that the cards we're dealt as we get older obviously we know you know the machine doesn't work quite as well or quite as efficiently should I say but you know two of those four things I mention obesity in physical activity those are two things that we can absolutely modify that we can absolutely change and you're at York a hundred percent right when he said you know we can see how you look in the mirror you can I mean it's it's not a secret you know you know if you're overweight you know what your your belt size is you know what you're you're you're the size of your slacks is you know all that stuff right so you can see touch and feel that but you know you know most people don't walk around see Jeez I have high blood I feel like I have high blood pressure or Jeez my my glucose is high you know or Jeez my triglycerides feel higher my HDL levels feel low I mean you can walk around for years and not even know those things are happening and and that's where the danger John I think it's becoming increasingly more common especially among the baby boomers have sold doctor why is well you know it's a great question John I I don't know if obviously we have the answers for that but you know I think a lot of it is just you know I think a lot of us are reactionary and not really we don't really think of our health and a proactive way in other words there aren't too many people out there that say you know what I'm gonna keep a close watch on my cholesterol I'm gonna keep a close watch on my glucose levels and I'm gonna make sure that I stay healthy most people just know get to that point where they're not healthy and then kind of due to backtrack on now you know what do I do now well it's not what you can do now it's what you should have been doing for the past twenty years and a lot easier for us to start now and and not worry about things later I mean yeah I see this in my office all the time you know when I I I see a lot of octogenarians or eighty plus year old and I I look at and I'm like Jesus this person just looks so healthy you know they don't look AT they look more like six and I see some my six year old I see Jesus person looks more like eighty you know what's the difference and it's a common theme shop it's a common theme and it's exactly what I what I always ask these these ladies and gentlemen you know what do you do what what were what don't you do and it's it's just a common theme I never smoked you know if I drank it's it's you know it's it's one drink or during the holidays very you know social drinker at most and they're not overweight they eat properly they all exercise they all get theirs their fair share of sweet and this is a common theme you know that's and you know the the the the sixty year old that looks more like an eighty year old they're smokers they're drinkers they you know they they played life very hard and it catches up to you all these things in the long run catch up with you they they always do now let's talk about some of these things that you're mentioning now some of the risk factors that increase our chances of of developing a metabolic syndrome also some of the diet the house a poor diet impact as and and increase our chance of metabolic syndrome well sure and you know poor diets and and and what is a poor diet I think a lot of the problems today is we don't know what a proper diet is right I know we've ever taught us knowledge and a lot of a us as physicians we have the problem you know a patient comes in our office and they're a piece and you say are a little sorry I can't be in your place on your hip replacement you have to lose weight go lose weight and when the and then when you do come back and see I mean that that could be one of the coolest things you could ever say to a patient because I use the analogy I talked my patients about this it's the same thing as saying that somebody you've never played golf before in your life here's a bag I'm gonna give you fourteen clubs and go out and play ten around the come back and tell me how you did I guarantee you if you get no direction and teaching never picked up a golf club that's not gonna be a fun ten rounds of golf you're gonna come back very frustrated and say what they hated you do to me that's that's not that's not nice well it's the same thing yeah you know pushing a page out of your office and saying you have to lose weight a lot of this is Sean just just have been doing these habits and and been in this situation for a very very long time and eating you know you know listening to this dire that diet or or this shattered apps that are with the cookie diet the grapefruit diet the no we diet the fasting diet no they're all these different things out there and a lot of these diets they're fad diets and they don't teach you how to eat properly we tend to have forgotten about what the four food groups are and we can do a forgotten about portion and portion control and that's really what it's all about you know eating at you know maintaining a diet that is that is you know low in saturated fats trans fats understanding what it what is serving size is like a piece of meat should be no larger than the palm of your hand you know and serving size of grain that should be what you can put in your in the palm of your hand you know and a lot of us who don't do that right we tend to supersize things and we tend to eat a lot of red meat now I'm a red meat eater I love my share sticks but if we could try to decrease the amount of red meat we eat and increase the amount of fish that eat now and that kind of ties into the Omegas John you know it it ties into the omega three fatty acids and how important they.

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