Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders which, when occurring together, increase a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Studies have shown it to be found in an estimated 25% of the U.S. population, with its frequency increasing with age. It is also called insulin resistance syndrome because with this condition the body’s cells don’t respond properly to insulin, thus making it unable to regulate blood sugar levels and increasing insulin density in the blood.
It is common for abdominal obesity to be seen in people with metabolic syndrome, and in some cases there may be no other obvious symptoms. However, there can also be symptoms relating to metabolic complications such as: diabetes, an increase in triglycerides, high cholesterol, hypertension, gout, and more. These diseases cause whole-body symptoms and are difficult to cure. They increase the rate of death from cardiovascular disease 4-fold. And in people with metabolic syndrome the risk of developing diabetes is 3-5 times higher than that of people without metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome can be called a lifestyle disease. Risk factors include a low level of physical activity, excess caloric intake, and high stress. Changing one’s lifestyle to proper eating, exercise and avoiding stress are, of course, very important for the treatment of metabolic syndrome and for the prevention of adult diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. However, if the key factors involved in metabolic syndrome cannot be improved through lifestyle changes alone, they need to be treated by a professional.
In Eastern medicine, metabolic syndrome is known as a disease resulting from blood deterioration due to reduced function of the internal organs, and its treatment focuses on the cause. It is necessary to activate the circulation of qi and blood through acupuncture and herbal medicine, to elevate the natural healing power of the body, and then to make the blood pure and clear.
Actually, there is no specific word for metabolic syndrome in Eastern medicine. It is viewed as more of a potential disease which may then lead to an obvious disease. It is important to pay attention to what lies below the surface of its symptoms. The lifestyle disorders involved, like diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, are just the tip of the iceberg, with the greater issue hidden underneath. So treating metabolic disease is useless if the underlying problem is not dealt with at the same time, namely the accumulation of fat around the organs in the abdomen. Fortunately, research has proven Fang Feng Tong Sheng San and other such Chinese herbal formulas to be fairly effective at reducing this visceral fat.
To prevent metabolic syndrome, and for greater overall health, it is beneficial to consider treatment with Eastern medicine.