“M.S.” – yet probably not the M.S. you think I’m blogging

 

Multiple Sclerosis is a relevant human condition for our Well Past Forty Project which merits mention – and I’ll take that for action.

A Master of Science graduate degree?  Not “that” M.S.”

“M.S.” as the subject of this post, is a rather ominous sounding condition for far too many folks – METABOLIC SYNDROME.

Too many Americans – as in three (3) million each year become part of this infographic’s terrible statistics (Thank you, Dr. Axe).  OY!

And, if age 60 is indeed the new 40, we’ve got a major societal problem.

MSY_DrAxe infographic

 

Aussies label Metabolic Syndrome as “CHAOS” – for good reason! “It affects one in five people, and prevalence increases with age. Some studies estimate the prevalence in the USA to be up to 25% of the population.”

Are there markers for  a “3 outta 5” cluster on which your Primary Care Physician will alert?

Definitely – review entries in this American Heart Association table for five (5) possible eye-opener ELEVATIONS or epiphanies:

  1. Elevated waist circumference:
  • Men — Equal to or greater than 40 inches (102 cm)
  • Women — Equal to or greater than 35 inches (88 cm)
  • (I’ll blog more about pear- and apple-shaped silhouettes in a future post – visceral and subcutaneous fat locations matter!)

2. Elevated triglyceride levels:

  • Equal to or greater than 150 mg/dL

3. Reduced HDL (“good”) cholesterol:

  • Men — Less than 40 mg/dL
  • Women — Less than 50 mg/dL

4. Elevated blood pressure:

  • Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg, or use of medication for hypertension

5. Elevated fasting glucose:

  • Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L), or use of medication for hyperglycemia

(Our American Diabetes Association is in stride with these AHA markers above).

Americans – We HAVE MAJOR PROBLEMS here!

Is there hope for millions of us?  It depends, regrettably.

If a person chooses to break away from CHAOS, a statistical answer is YES                            (if and when he or she complies with lifestyle, diet and fitness improvements).

Organicfacts.net offers these simple unmedicated steps to counter MS:

metabolicsyndromeremedies_organic facts dot net

It is NOT my intent to advocate any of these remedies.

YET…prudent people may wish to check some MS remedies out, (as they stay in touch with their MDs/ health care professionals).

In closing, here is my 3-M big bet for current and future sufferers of MS in this national pandemic:

  1. Medications which may be prescribed / required :(.
  2. Move! 
  3. Minimize portions, maximize low-glycemic foods in healthier diets.

This MS – aka SYMPTOM X, or CHAOS is far scarier than Friday the 13th horror movies, in my opinion.

Be well.

 

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Could both He and She be right about a “right” fitness approach?

He (of this quoted fit couple) says running.  

She counters with weight / resistance training.

Which gender is more right?  No family feud here – honest…

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article (see http://wsj.com/encore –

“He Says Run. She Says Lift.

A wife and husband argue about the best way to stay in shape.

And the winner is…

Doing It All

At the same time, though, neither of us can ignore the growing amount of research about fitness and aging. The science is increasingly clear: Older adults need both strength training, to help replenish and maintain the muscle mass and (for women especially) the bone density our bodies lose each year as we age, and cardio to help guard against the risks of clogged arteries in the heart and brain.

No excuses folks – combine weights and aerobic training – six days a week FOREVER.

 

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