Our expert says:
The Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions (abdominal and general obesity or overweight, type 2 diabetes, increased blood pressure or hypertension, increased blood fat levels, increased uric acid levels, etc). It is usually accompanied by insulin resistance (a condition that usually entails that the pancreas makes a lot of insulin, but the cells that the insulin is supposed to activate, don't react because they have become "resistant to insulin"). If you suspect that you may have Metabolic Syndrome then please see your gp or a physician who will arrange all the necessary tests. If you do have insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes then it is essential to consult a clinical dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will have to take your insulin resistance, overweight, raised bp and/or blood fat levels and/or gout into account when working out a diet for you.
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