Metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These conditions are characterised by high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels and high blood sugar levels.
In the industrialised world there is a rising prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases like type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Approximately 25% of the adult population have a condition called metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that occur together:
- increased blood pressure (hypertension)
- high blood sugar (dysglycaemia)
- obesity (especially excess body fat around the waist)
- abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels (dyslipidaemia)
- insulin resistance.
Taken together, these conditions increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and type II diabetes .
Prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome include physical activity and diet change.
Resolve and important nutrients for a healthy metabolism
Smartfish offers a potent health drink, RESOLVE, which has been developed to address nutritional deficiencies associated with low-grade inflammation, insulin resistance and metabolic aberrations.
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA anti-inflammatory properties have a positive effect on atherosclerotic development as well as blood lipids  , and several studies have shown the protective role of omega-3 in the development of cardiovascular disease . In addition, studies have shown that dietary intake of EPA and DHA leads to improved insulin sensitivity   , reduced blood glucose and a reduced risk of type II diabetes  . Some studies also show that EPA and DHA may have a role in reducing fat mass in obese people.
Beta glucans, a type of fibre from oats, have a number of benefits in the treatment and prevention of metabolic syndrome, due to their cholesterol-lowering effects, as well as their effect on plasma glucose after a meal. In addition, the fibres increase satiety, and can thereby contribute to a reduced risk of overweight.
Vitamin D is a nutrient that can be added through the diet, but it is also formed in the skin when exposed to the sun. Most people do not have a vitamin D deficiency, but many do not have an optimal level of the vitamin. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with insulin resistance, high serum levels of insulin and increased risk of developing type II diabetes       .
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