Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Treatment and Prevention Program
What is Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions, diseases and disorders that disrupt normal metabolism which is the process of converting food to energy on a cellular level. Examples of the conditions that are related to Metabolic Syndrome include hypertension, hyperglycaemia, excess body fat around the waist, and hypercholesterolemia. The presence of 3 to 5 of these risk factors constitutes a diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is closely linked to obesity and inactivity. At least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese (World Health Organization). This leads to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin resistance. The risk of coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke and type 2 diabetes mellitus increases steadily with increasing body mass index (body fat).
Signs and Symptoms of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
Most of the disorders/conditions associated with Metabolic Syndrome have no symptoms, although a large waist circumference is a visible sign.
Increased BMI (Body Mass Index)
Poor cardiovascular fitness
Increased hip to waist ratio
The Effects of Exercise on Symptoms
Metabolic Syndrome and obesity needs managing to reduce the long term risk of Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, the syndrome can usually be reversed with lifestyle changes. The combination of weight loss and exercise produces the best effect. However, the results of several major lifestyle intervention trials show that although benefits increase with weight loss, regular exercise itself also improves glucose and HDL-c levels, and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes even without weight reduction. Recent evidence has also confirmed that exercise therapy reduces central obesity, including visceral fat levels, with or without weight loss.
For overweight and obese people, the recommended level of exercise can significantly:
Reduce waist measurement by 2–5 cm without weight loss
Lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure (by approximately 5.5 mmHg each)
Improve control of blood glucose levels
Lower blood lipids (by 0.2 - 0.3 mmol/L, up to 1.39 mmol/L)
Increase HDL-c (by 0.02 - 0.13 mmol/L, up to 0.20 mmol/L)
While resistance exercise (e.g. weights training) can also benefit people with Metabolic syndrome, this type of exercise may not reduce central obesity. However, a combination of aerobic exercise and progressive resistance training reduces the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes. Therefore, use resistance exercise to complement, but not replace, aerobic exercise training.
Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Treatment and Prevention Program and The Thrive Clinic
At The Exercise Therapist, we have developed a program that combines mindfulness practice, cognitive training, and high intensity interval training. These are three modalities that have proven to reduce symptoms of obesity and metabolic syndrome, reduced visceral dorsal fat, improves cognitive functions and decision making relating to mediation and exercise. Mindfulness-based interventions aimed at reducing psychological symptoms of distress and enhancements of quality of life are increasingly applied and popular in a variety of settings. These interventions are aimed at the cultivation of an open-minded and non-judgemental awareness of whatever is happening at each successive moment of perception. The Thrive Clinic involves an 8-12 week program, where the client can choose between two or three sessions per week depending on the severity of their symptoms. The program will reduce the symptoms of obesity and metabolic syndrome, and improve overall cognitive function and cardiovascular fitness through the combination of mindfulness mediation, HIIT and cognitive training. We have already had fantastic results with current clients showing improvements both mentally and physically, just halfway through the program.
If you are interested in this program please contact the clinic on 9385 1430 or register your details in the contact form below.
Terms and Conditions - Any exercise program is not without risk and this or any other exercise program may result in injury, serious illness or even death. The risks are higher when you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised for some time. You are responsible for seeking appropriate medical advice before commencing this program. The Exercise Therapist and Elite Health Management disclaims all liability from all in connection with your use of the programs, videos, and seminars or whether or not The Exercise Therapist or Elite Health Management is negligent. If you have commenced an exercise activity in accordance with this program and at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy or physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a doctor.