Something which is not often spoken about when it comes to immune function, is how our body composition can play a role in its ability to function at its optimum.
Metabolic syndrome is defined as a cluster of conditions comprising of:
– excess abdominal weight
– high blood pressure
– elevated blood glucose levels
– high levels of triglycerides, and
– low levels of high-density lipoproteins or good cholesterol
A person is diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (MetS) if they have at least three of these five conditions.
Sadly this is becoming more and more prevalent both here in Australia, and overseas – also raising the risks of developing heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Quite simply, metabolic syndrome has become a global epidemic (Saklayen 2018) – be it a very silent one.
What’s important to understand is that metabolic syndrome (MetS) negatively affects immune function, and does so by altering normal functioning of lymphatic tissues due to high levels of inflammation.
These lymphatic tissues include white blood cells (leukocytes), bone marrow, the thymus gland, spleen and lymph nodes.
So stay tuned, as over the next few weeks I’m going to share some tips and tricks on how to address all 5 of these MetS risk factors, because many people who work outside normal working hours … AKA shift workers ⏰, often present with at least 3-4 of them.