On November 19, Aboca – an Italian company that has always dealt with natural products – organized an event to address the topic of the metabolic syndrome and the possible solutions based on complex natural substances that can be adopted to manage it.
During the meeting, Dr. Giuseppe Ventriglia – national manager of the training area of the Italian Society of General Medicine and Primary Care (Simg) and teacher at the Clinical Pharmacy Master in Milan, Cagliari and Granada – and the team of the Aboca Scientific Communication.
Metabolic Syndrome: what is it?
The syndrome metabolic is a serious problem and very common – but which unfortunately does not often talk about – which it is characterized by the presence of several alterations of various metabolic parameters that expose the individual who suffers a number of risks for their health. More specifically, the metabolic syndrome is characterized by the presence of at least three of the following parameters:
- High waist circumference(generally ≥ 94 cm in males and ≥ 80 cm in females) attributable to an excess of visceral abdominal fat ;
- Hypertensionor in any case high blood pressure , even within ranges considered medium-high (≥ 130/85 mmHg or in medical therapy);
- Altered fasting blood sugar(> 100 mg / dl or overt diabetes );
- Alterations of the lipid picture, in particular:
- Reduced cholesterol HDLor “good” cholesterol (HDL <40mg / dL in men and <50 mg / dl in females);
- High triglycerides(≥ 150 mg / dL).
It should be noted that the metabolic syndrome does not develop suddenly, but represents the consequence of a progressive process which, starting from the alteration of a single metabolic parameter, then arrives at the simultaneous alteration of multiple parameters, consequently increasing the risk of develop cardiovascular diseases , diabetes, fatty liver , etc.
Metabolic syndrome, therefore, is not a condition to be underestimated. In Italy, it is estimated that one in four people suffer from it and the problem is also increasingly affecting children and adolescents.
How is Metabolic Syndrome Treated?
Let’s start by saying that there is no drug therapy for the metabolic syndrome; the main treatment is first of all to adopt a correct lifestyle . This mainly means healthy and balanced nutrition associated with regular physical activity – naturally that adapts to the abilities of each individual – and the abandonment of any dangerous vices ( smoking , excess alcohol , etc.).
Moreover, if the aforementioned correct habits are taught from an early age, they can also prove to be an excellent preventive tool .
For those who already suffer from metabolic syndrome, however, adopting a healthy lifestyle and decreasing body weight represent the first important and fundamental steps to improve this condition. It is also necessary to take action to manage cardiovascular risk factors (for example, quitting smoking , etc.); in this sense it is very important that there is a great awareness and will also on the part of the individual himself. As we have said, there are no specific drugs for the treatment of the metabolic syndrome, sometimes metformin can be used to control glycemic changes (it is an active ingredient used in thetreatment of diabetes for which use in the context of metabolic syndrome is to be considered off-label ). Where necessary, the doctor may also prescribe drug therapies for the treatment of various altered metabolic parameters (for example, hypertriglyceridemia, high blood pressure, etc.).
Aboca’s natural approach
Complex Natural Substances useful against the Metabolic Syndrome
To help treat metabolic syndrome several studies have been conducted. Aboca informs us that some of these have focused on the possibility of using complex natural substances which, acting in the intestine , are able to create a gel capable of sequestering both carbohydrates and lipids , thus making them less available for absorption. and for the bacterial flora present in the enteric tract. All this would favor a better use of nutrients by the liver , would promote the reorganization of blood sugar, cholesterol , triglyceridemia and a decrease inabdominal circumference , the main parameters to check in case of metabolic syndrome.
To confirm the efficacy of such an approach, seven clinical studies have been conducted on over 500 patients – both adults and children – carried out in excellent hospitals. Some of these studies have also been published in scientific journals such as Nutrients and the Italian Journal of Pediatrics¹⁻²⁻³⁻⁴⁻⁵.
Going into more detail, among the studies mentioned above there are two conducted by the Department of Auxo-endocrinology of the Meyer University Hospital of Florence. One of these – published in “Nutrients” – was conducted on obese boys and demonstrated a reduction in LDL (-20%), transaminases GPT (-29%) and GOT (-27%) and an increase in HDL ( + 16%). The other study, however – published in the “Italian Journal of Pediatrics” – was conducted on obese children with a family history of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome for a period of 12 months and highlighted a reduction in the resistance index insulin(-41%), a reduction in fasting blood sugar (-7%) and glycated hemoglobin (-5%).
In light of the encouraging results obtained, the products based on complex natural substances could therefore represent an aid in the treatment of the metabolic syndrome.
However, we remind you once again that the first big step to take is to improve your lifestyle, to adopt an adequate diet and regular physical activity and that in no case should the use of the above complex natural substances be considered a substitute for these behavioral strategies. It is also recommended to consult a doctor and possibly specialists who can help and support the individual in his path against the metabolic syndrome..