2.21.17 in General
Healthy Mouth Sounds- The Metabolic Syndrome
It seems that we often live many fruitful healthy years, then “all of a sudden” begin noticing chronic disease processes, doesn’t it? Or does it?
Through those “healthy” years, were there ever any signs that maybe we were setting up the scene for future illnesses? I think most of us can say yes.
After all , isn’t it normal for my waist size to go up as I age? You know, my metabolism is slowing down- right? And I am noticing more aches in my joints than before. Oh, to be eighteen again. So why does this happen?
Metabolic Syndrome is a problem with blood sugar regulation. 47 million Americans have developed Metabolic Syndrome- as a result of an imbalance between how many calories we consume and how many we burn through daily activity, according to Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson, D.M.D.
This is a somewhat complex process, but the long and short of it is, if more calories are taken in than burned, we can eventually alter the insulin/ blood sugar regulation and develop a resistance to insulin. This can signal other hormones to increase, such as cortisol and adrenaline and we set the stage for chronic inflammation and accelerated aging.
Now, we have learned to treat and manage some of the sequelae of Metabolic Syndrome, like by managing high blood pressure, or Type 2 Diabetes; but this approach merely manages an existing disease.
Wouldn’t it be better, cheaper, and more effective to not allow the disease to start? Obviously, yes.
If 47 million Americans suffer from Metabolic Syndrome, which represents an imbalance between calories consumed versus burned, then changing that imbalance will eliminate Metabolic Syndrome. This is actually achievable, through diet, exercise, good inflammation control procedures(such as oral hygiene), and avoidance of known harmful substances.
In today’s fast paced world it may be difficult to change these behaviors, but if we do not, we concede to manage our chronic diseases.
In our next 2 blogs we will discuss Diabetes and dietary inflammation. So, stay tined in and keep smiling. Dr. W.