Poor Metabolic Health: What are the consequences
Your everyday symptoms are clues to your future health.
Common everyday symptoms such as low energy, fatigue and anxiety are NOT due to long COVID-19, stressful days or getting old.
They are a sign of the state of your current metabolic health and risk factors for developing metabolic syndrome.
Many typical symptoms are not only a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle choices but are clues of the underlying systemic imbalances of your metabolic pathways that you may not be familiar with.
With more than 115 million infections and more than 2.5 million deaths from COVID-19 reported worldwide by the end of 2021, many of which occurred in people with poor metabolic health, COVID-19 has sent the world a wake-up call about its inaction on the health problems relating to metabolic health.
It’s time we all took responsibility for our metabolic health to prevent the next pandemic of obesity from developing into metabolic syndrome.
Understanding the contributory factors to your metabolic health will encourage healthy lifestyle changes and decrease the chance of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, reverse metabolic syndrome and reduce the risk factor of coronary heart disease.
With that in mind, if you have been struggling to lose weight and have been managing various symptoms over two or more years with the use of over-the-counter medication or supplements, then your metabolic pathways are likely struggling to utilise the energy and nutrients from the food you eat and dispose of toxins properly.
The eight main symptoms of poor metabolic health
Have you been suffering or managing anyone these symptoms most days in the last two years?
- Weight gain
- Low energy and fatigue
- Mood swings and anxiety
- Hunger and cravings
- Poor sleep quality
- Aches and pains
- Bloating and heartburn
- Allergies and asthma
By reaching for a painkiller, antacid or an anti-inflammatory to help you get through the day, you are masking clues that your metabolic pathways are struggling to cope with your current food and lifestyle choices.
The eight symptoms listed above are your body’s way of giving you external signs of an internal problem.
We must pay attention to what we eat because it can significantly affect our metabolic health. But it’s NOT about counting calories, points or sins, and calculating success based on the bathroom scales’ number. – it’s about the quality of the food you eat and how often you eat. It’s about creating the perfect plate.
In this article, I want to share the long term consequences of the eight symptoms concerning the state of your current metabolic health.
You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the importance of considering how you feel and what you can see when you look in the mirror, as recognising those clues as underlying systemic imbalances will help you enhance your future metabolic health and prevent the risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
You may be thinking a few aches and pains and bloating after dinner are signs you are just getting older or are because of something you just ate. I’m sorry to tell you that there is likely something quite serious happening, and it was something you ate, but it was weeks ago.
If there is an underlying systemic imbalance, for example, if you’ve been suffering from low energy, fatigue, low mood or anxiety for more than two years, then the risk factors of metabolic syndrome increase as these are indications that you are at greater risk of insulin resistance.
Every symptom mentioned is closely linked to three main metabolic pathways.
An easy way to remember them is to think of the Ds: Delivery, Detox and Deficiency.
Improve poor metabolic health by focusing on the delivery of energy in the cells!
Our metabolic pathways are responsible for the delivery of energy into every cell in your body, the clearance of waste and toxins and the absorption of vitamins and nutrients from the food you eat.
The most important metabolic pathway is the delivery of energy from the food you eat into your cells for every function in your body. At the core of most metabolic symptoms, any systemic imbalance in energy delivery into the cells results in insulin resistance syndrome.
This creates further concerns, as undiagnosed insulin resistance will impact the function of your liver, which plays a central role to play in the systemic regulation of blood sugars.
Take a moment to think more about other symptoms.
Do you currently have interrupted sleep patterns and the need to regularly take over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs and painkillers to overcome aches and pains or headaches?
If so, this will impact your liver function because, in an attempt to metabolise the medication, the liver will be under pressure to regulate your blood sugar, metabolise and then excrete the medicines.
As a result, when your liver tries to get rid of the toxins from your body, you will wake up at 2 or 3 am for a drink of water or the need to go to the toilet, and then can’t get back to sleep. It’s a vicious cycle of events.
Furthermore, suppose you have stomach acid reflux, bloating after food and skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, sensitive skin and allergies. In that case, your gut might be experiencing intestinal permeability or dysbiosis, affecting your ability to absorb the nutrients from your food, which creates a deficiency.
You can learn more about gut dysbiosis and your skin in this article – What Causes Sensitive Skin.
Intestinal permeability is when food particles leak through the gut lining, triggering an autoimmune reaction.
As a general overview, low energy fatigue, cravings and mood swings are your main issues each day, and then it’s your blood sugars that are out of balance.
If your skin is ageing quickly, and when you look in the mirror, you don’t feel like yourself, then your liver might be struggling to manage your blood sugars and detoxify toxins and medications.
If you are bloated after meals, have irregular bowel movements, and various allergies influence your day-to-day activities, then your gut lining integrity likely needs your attention.
As you are learning, your metabolic health is more complex than counting calories and eating foods labelled as low fat or healthy. Fortunately, long-lasting solutions that improve your metabolic pathways will improve all areas of your health.
The long term consequence of poor metabolic health is metabolic syndrome
So, before you contact a healthcare provider or nutritional therapist for a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes and reducing body weight by losing weight and decreasing physical inactivity, let’s discuss what happens when you are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
It may be that you’ve got insulin resistance and have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, with means it’s more likely that you’ve got gut dysbiosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar levels and excess weight – especially around the middle.
If you only treat these systemic imbalances with medicine alone for more than ten years, without any nutritional lifestyle intervention, your metabolic pathways will begin to fail, and your symptoms develop into disease.
Metabolic syndrome symptoms will often lead to further health problems and disease. You won’t usually get just one condition either, as they all manifest general ill health and disease.
Here are the four most common long term health issues
Cardiovascular Disease is associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries (atherosclerosis) and an increased risk of blood clots.
The result is a reduced flow of blood through the arteries and a greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and excess alcohol intake increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
These include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.You are more likely to have metabolic syndrome if you:
- Are overweight or obese and have abdominal obesity
- Have a family history of diabetes mellitus and/ or coronary heart disease
- Have a lack of physical activity
- Drink too much alcohol
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that comes from chronic inflammation (painful swelling) in the afflicted regions of your body due to an attack on your immune system. It mainly affects the joints, although other areas may be affected.
Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid can not release enough thyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This results in a slow metabolism, as the thyroid becomes underactive and, as a result, will make you feel tired, depressed, and gain weight uncontrollably due to lack of blood sugar control.
To conclude, if you overlook your typical symptoms and manage them with over-the-counter medication without nutrition intervention and lifestyle changes, you are increasing the risk of developing systemic imbalance in your metabolic pathways.
These can often manifest into metabolic syndrome and, if undiagnosed for over ten years, is likely to develop into a disease without you realising that your typical symptoms are external clues to this internal problem.