Cause and risk factors – Part 2


Metabolic syndrome can be attributed to various lifestyle choices, as discussed in our previous blog which defines this condition. The primary focus of this blog is to explore the underlying causes and their implications….


Lifestyle related choices means controllable choices

  • Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Regular exercise helps improve insulin sensitivity, control weight and reduce blood pressure. 


  • Poor Diet: Excessive calorie intake high intake of added sugars, unhealthy fats (there are healthy ones to consider though!), excess alcohol consumption and inadequate nutrient dense foods that reduce inflammation and provide fibre. 


  • Obesity: Excess body weight, especially around the waist, is strongly associated with metabolic syndrome. The accumulation of visceral fat promotes inflammation and disrupts the body’s metabolic processes. 

Some uncontrollable factors exist too

Genetics: Family history and genetics play a role in metabolic syndrome. Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to insulin resistance or have a higher likelihood of developing obesity. 

Remember, genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger! 

Ageing: The risk of metabolic syndrome increases with age, as metabolic processes naturally slow down, and so individuals are more likely to develop conditions such as hypertension and dyslipidemia. 


Despite the last two uncontrollable risk factors, metabolic syndrome can still be managed, and even reversed. Genetics do not dictate the outcome.

The reason for this is ‘epigenetics’, whereby the expression of genes are determined by whether the environment switches the genes ‘on’ or ‘off’. As for increased age, despite the slowing down of processes, the outcome can still be worked towards improvement. You just have to start! 

Look out for next blog to find out how we can help you manage metabolic syndrome, here at Spinal Care Clinics.  

In conclusion:

If you think you might be suffering with Metabolic syndrome, ask us about it. We have a selection of tests that allow us to discover exactly what the concerns are.





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Article is written by  Dr Penny Clark D.C Chiropractor at Spinal Care Clinics
Dr Penny believes in addressing key aspects of lifestyle to help reach your optimum health potential.
She enjoys running with her dog, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Crossfit and Yoga.


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