Joe joined the gym 2 years ago, he has obeyed the prescribed regimen of hard work, clean eating and plenty of rest, like it was his job, I’m talkin he’s told to jump and he asks how high kind of dedication… but to his dismay, he still looks exactly the same as he did on day one. Eventually, due to his frustrations, Joe throws in the towel; he no longer believes there is a point for him to change his lifestyle.
The unfortunate reality of this example is that Joe is possibly victim to a unique but increasingly more prevalent medical condition called Metabolic Syndrome (also known as Syndrome X).
In a much simplified explanation, Metabolic Syndrome is an energy sickness that disrupts the body’s autonomic ability and causes us to improperly produce and store energy.
This type of biochemical breakdown will often end in obesity, diabetes mellitus and heart disease.
Mitochondria dysfunction may lead to Syndrome X
Scientific investigation suggests that damage from free radical based oxidative stress, which damages the mitochondria’s proper functioning, may lead to Metabolic Syndrome.
Relatively young individuals encountering disease prematurely
New research supports that flawed mitochondrial function may lead to a premature ageing phenomenon by negatively impacting heart, brain, and skeletal muscle.
With an increase in societal obesity and disease, this phenomenon is visible worldwide.
There’s still hope for Joe
While Joe may never look like the dude on the latest cover of BodyBuilding magazine, Joe needs help to re-prioritize his expectations by placing a smaller emphasis on aesthetic change and increase focus on disease prevention, strength, and mobility.
In addition to establishing these new expectations, Joe should be encouraged to monitor his progress through a healthcare provider by using blood profiles as a pre and post-training metric. This is where a talented team comprised of trainer and physician can offer help in the form of direction, education, and intervention.
So while Joe may never be able to do his laundry on his wash board abs, he can certainly improve his chance to live a long healthy life.
For additional information and resources:
Altered States: Metabolic Disorders, Obesity and Disease
By Eric Auciello