When I first heard about a new diet that is tailored to suit your individual metabolic profile, I was skeptical. Was this just the newest trend in the billion-dollar weight loss industry that would, in the end, only give short-term results?
Six months ago I was sitting in my doctorâ€™s office waiting to see one of his associates. I had been going round and round for at least six months trying to get my blood pressure under control, a condition that was discovered during a trip to the emergency room for x-rays.
I had been on three different medications already, and though lower, none of the doctors in the office were happy with the numbers. I was sick to death of changing medications, and just all around feeling bad. It was to the point I honestly felt I would be better off if I just had the stroke (so long as it did it me in).
When the doctor came in the office, I expected to hear more of the same. â€śThis medication just isnâ€™t doing it for you, weâ€™re going to have to try something else.â€ť I was completely unprepared for what he actually said. â€śI was just going over your blood work from your trip to the emergency room. Iâ€™m seeing a pattern here and would like to order more blood work.â€ť
â€śA pattern of what?â€ť I asked. This was the first time I had ever heard the term Metabolic Syndrome.
The doctor went on to explain the key to his suspicion; both my glucose and my insulin counts were high. Insulin resistance is the tell tale sign of this condition.
As he wrote up the order for blood work, he asked me a few questions, or rather identified some truths in my life. â€śYou can diet like mad, and donâ€™t lose a pound, but indulge in the slightest and gain five?â€ť I nodded, but honestly wasnâ€™t impressed. I was more than hundred pounds overweight. Isnâ€™t that typical?