Are You “Metabolically Healthy”? - Part 2

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted June 23, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

Metabolic health is directly influenced by inflammation and insulin resistance.

Inflammation is a natural response of your body to protect itself from infection or injury. However, when inflammation becomes chronic, it can lead to a variety of health problems. Chronic inflammation has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.

One way to measure inflammation is with a blood test called C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is a protein that is produced by your liver in response to inflammation. A high level of CRP in your blood can be an indicator of chronic inflammation.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is when your body becomes less sensitive to the hormone insulin. Insulin is important because it helps regulate blood sugar levels. When you eat, your blood sugar rises and insulin is released to help transport the sugar into your cells for energy.

However, if you are insulin resistant, your body doesn't respond as well to insulin and the sugar remains in your blood. Over time, this can lead to type 2 diabetes.

You can test for insulin resistance with a blood test called fasting blood sugar. If your fasting blood sugar is greater than 100 mg/dL, it may be an indication of insulin resistance.

Risk Factors for Metabolic Health Problems

There are a number of factors that can increase your risk for developing metabolic health problems. Some of these factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor diet
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

If you have any of these risk factors, it's important to take steps to improve your metabolic health. Making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, can help reduce your risk for metabolic health problems.

Conclusion

What does it mean to be "metabolically healthy?" In short, it means having ideal levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference without using medications. But there's more to it than that. What you do daily —or don't do—can greatly affect your metabolic health.

To maintain a healthy metabolism, it's important to:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Manage stress levels.

If you have any of the risk factors for metabolic health problems — such as obesity, lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress, smoking, or excessive alcohol consumption — it's important to take steps to improve your metabolic health. Making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, can help reduce your risk for metabolic health problems.

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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