The metabolic syndrome involves a pattern of multiple pathological features, i.e. several diseases and risk factors that come together and are usually linked. The term was put forward in 1981 and has increasingly become the focus in recent years. As more and more people are affected, the prevention of the syndrome is becoming increasingly important. This article explains what exactly happens in the body with a metabolic syndrome, how to treat it and how cannabidiol (CBD) can help.
Some studies indicate that cannabidiol can be used as an alternative option in addition to other preventive measures. On the one hand, it acts preventively and on the other hand, it supports an improvement in the condition.
What is the metabolic syndrome?
The term “metabolic” refers to metabolism and related problems. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the metabolic syndrome focuses on an impaired carbohydrate metabolism, which must be combined with two other symptoms in order to be diagnosed as such. Hence the term syndrome. WHO describes the coming together of several of these symptoms, each of which can have a different cause.
The following symptoms often appear together and at the same time when the metabolic syndrome is involved:
- Fat metabolism disorder
- High blood pressure
The following symptoms are less often involved:
- Increased uric acid
- Low grade inflammation
- Increased blood clotting
- Endothelial dysfunction
The syndrome is also known as a disease of affluence, as the modern lifestyle often promotes its emergence. Too little exercise and an unhealthy diet promote the development of the syndrome, which further increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. All of these symptoms show that it is all the more important to prevent the syndrome early.
In the United States, thousands of people are already affected by the metabolic syndrome. The number is increasing, with an undisclosed number of undetected cases. Over 60-year-olds are most often affected, but recently more and more young people are experiencing this issue.
How is metabolic syndrome diagnosed?
Diagnosis is based on a medical history and clinical-chemical and, if necessary, technical examinations. The nutritional history is also an important method in which the food selection and eating habits and habits are questioned.
The waist size and the BMI are an important indicator to determine overweight or even obesity. According to the IDF, men with a waist circumference of 94 cm or more are affected by obesity, while women with a waist circumference of 80 cm or more. Blood pressure, blood sugar levels, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol are also measured. These can provide further information.
After the data has been collected, a diagnosis can be made and further treatment steps initiated. These often result in a lifestyle modification. So, everyone can take action and help alleviate the symptoms.
If there are no genetic dispositions or disorders, you can take preventive action yourself to prevent or improve symptoms such as obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Experts recommend the following:
- Regular exercise and sports
- Healthy, balanced diet
- Adequate sleep
Movement and sport
Sport and exercise promote psychological and physical well-being. Through physical activity, the body relieves stress and relaxes. In addition, sport and exercise promote the emergence of positive emotions, mental performance and health improve.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of heavy-duty exercise each week. Muscle-strengthening exercises promote general health when exercised twice or more a week.
It is important that joy and fun are the focus of physical activity in order to stay with it permanently. So, take the time to find a sport that suits you. The goal is not primarily to improve performance, but to improve your state of health through physical activity and the associated positive feelings.
Diet can also make a fundamental contribution to preventing or getting a better grip on a metabolic syndrome. A healthy, balanced diet is recommended. This includes a body-adjusted ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and fats as well as the supply of vitamins, minerals and sufficient fluids. The experts advise against excessive consumption of highly sweetened and fatty foods and beverages. Seasonal and ecological factors must be taken into account in the selection.
In terms of nutrition in metabolic syndrome, the following is recommended:
Create a food diary
This gives you a good overview of your daily food. Small snacks should also be recorded. Here it is also advisable to consult a professional. This can help to analyze the eating habits and to modify them further. Recipes can be improved and adapted to your own needs. Snacks should be kept low, as they keep driving up the blood sugar level.
Eat enough proteins
These not only promote muscle building, but also keep you full for longer. Complement your meals with predominantly vegetable protein sources. Animal protein sources should be enjoyed in moderation.
Incorporate healthy oils and fats into your diet
Unsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are recommended here. These cannot be produced by the body itself and must be taken in through food. Cold-pressed hemp oil is the ideal supplier of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Pay attention to the correct selection of carbohydrates
White sugar only provides energy for a short time. Get whole grain products and complex carbohydrates here: here the body needs longer to digest them and thus the feeling of satiety lasts longer.
Include regular, healthy meals in your diet.
Better to eat three times a day than small snacks in between. Among other things, the blood sugar level can be kept constant. You can enjoy sweets should be enjoyed in moderation as a small reward.
Prepare your dishes gently
Cook your dishes to retain the valuable nutrients and refine them with spices. If you cook too long or fry too hot, it can lose the valuable vitamins and micronutrients.
Sufficient sleep and rest phases are also important for the body to recharge or regenerate the necessary energy according to the daily requirements.
For a restful sleep, it is recommended to introduce sleep rituals. There are different ways to integrate them into the evening and promote healthy sleep.
Keep in mind some of these tips are already making a big and important contribution to staying healthy in the long term.
CBD in the treatment of metabolic syndrome
Some studies indicate that CBD can be taken in addition to the metabolic syndrome, on the one hand to act preventively and on the other hand to promote an improvement in the condition. Since the metabolic syndrome includes a variety of diseases and symptoms, CBD can help at some levels. Cannabidiol is known to have a wide range of effects that can support and promote healing. It is known that cannabidiol can positively influence the parameters of blood sugar and blood pressure. In addition, experts also reported the appetite-reducing effect of CBD. CBD can improve metabolic dysfunction in people with diabetes who have reduced blood flow to the brain.
In general, CBD use can be associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of diabetes. For example, people who have ever used cannabis reduced diabetes cases by 19% and those who have used it within the past 12 months by 49%. This analysis was published by scientists from the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto (Canada).
Possible benefits of CBD for people with the metabolic syndrome are:
- Blood sugar
- pain relief
- Risk reduction of artery blockages
- Relieving Anxiety
Moreover, obesity, which is mostly involved in the metabolic syndrome, can be treated well with CBD, but only if this is accompanied by a change in diet. CBD can curb cravings for food and support metabolism. Obese people usually also suffer from type 2 diabetes. Here, too, CBD can regulate blood sugar levels, which has also been scientifically proven.
CBD can also counteract hypertension, i.e. high blood pressure, with its hypotensive effect.
Smoking, another risk factor for the development of diseases that lead to the metabolic syndrome, can also hope for the support from CBD. There are also various studies on nicotine weaning, which show that the craving for nicotine is reduced by taking CBD.
It is also important for the well-being of people with metabolic syndrome that they add nutrients according to their needs. The need for B vitamins and magnesium is often increased and patients cannot take it adequately through the diet. Elevated levels of homocysteine represent a risk factor for heart and vascular diseases. The targeted intake of vitamin B6, folic acid and vitamin B12 can optimize homocysteine breakdown. In addition, diabetics always have to pay attention to the intake of basic minerals, sufficient antioxidants and sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. Drug-micronutrient interactions should also be addressed in order to keep vitality and well-being.
Mental illnesses are often diagnosed along with the metabolic syndrome and it is not uncommon for mental illnesses to lead to depression or sleep disorders. CBD contains certain messenger substances, or can stimulate them in the body, which can alleviate mental suffering. Since the psyche is closely related to the physical sensation, it should also promote psychological well-being. Even low doses of CBD had a slightly antidepressant effect in rats with diabetes, according to a study.
CBD oils with a full range of natural substances, a pleasantly mild taste and a full terpene entourage effect are recommended for targeted use.
It is strongly advised to take the first signs and certain symptoms seriously and treat them before they later lead to a metabolic syndrome. CBD can help in certain aspects of life, but is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.