Home Remedies and Self-Management of Metabolic Symptoms

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster or group of medical conditions such as increased blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar (not necessarily diabetes, but can become diabetes if not managed properly), excess body fat around the waist (even without gross obesity), and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. All these can increase risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. From this, it is clear that most of the conditions that are seen in metabolic syndrome can be managed to a great extent with lifestyle modification and home remedies. For example, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol/triglycerides and obesity can be controlled/managed by healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. Hence, the importance of lifestyle modification and home remedies in overall management of metabolic syndrome. Self-management is an integral part of management of metabolic syndrome.

Following are useful home remedies and self-management for metabolic syndrome:

  • Physical activity: this is important part for not only management of metabolic syndrome, but also for having a healthy life in general. Usual recommendation is about 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity daily (at least 5 days a week), such as brisk walking, jogging etc. Try to improve physical activity by various means such as, using stairs to go upstairs, instead of elevator, if you need to go nearby place, walk or cycle, instead of driving.
  • Healthy eating is must for healthy life. Because we are what we eat. Every effort may fail, if you do not eat healthy. Your diet should be well balanced and contain all the essential nutrients in adequate quantity. Avoid unhealthy and saturated fats as much as possible. Diet should contain adequate fibers, proteins and essential nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be consumed in high quantity. If essential, take supplements, e.g. if you are a vegan, you may need to take vitamin B12 and other supplements for optimal health.
  • Lose weight: obesity is part of metabolic syndrome. Lose weight to bring it to normal range. Losing weight can reduce blood pressure, insulin resistance and risk of diabetes; reduce risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • If you are a smoker, it is high time you quit smoking. Smoking can worsen the problems of metabolic syndrome.
  • Stress management: this is also important part of metabolic syndrome management. Try yoga, meditation, increase physical activity and other methods of stress reduction.

 

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