The body has many jobs to make sure that unwanted pathogens don’t enter and cause chronic issues to develop over time. With the organ systems, their jobs are to make sure that everything is functioning properly and that everything is working as well. With the central nervous system being the one to control everything, from emotions to movement, it makes sure that the neuron signals are reaching each organ and vice versa in a bidirectional connection. In this 2 part series, we will be taking a look at what is chronic metabolic syndrome and how the symptoms affect the brain. Part 2 will be discussing on what kind of treatments not only dampen the effects of metabolic syndrome but also improve brain health. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers who specialized in neurological services. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
So metabolic syndrome, as research has stated, is a cluster of conditions that is increasingly common for many individuals. Some of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome don’t always have obvious signs that are visible, unlike a larger waist circumference. Many times metabolic syndrome can come from many factors like:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- A poor diet
- Physical inactivity
Other research studies have found that metabolic syndrome if it is not treated, can actually feed into many chronic diseases to spread like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, oxidative stress, and even inflammation. Metabolic syndrome can also affect brain health as studies have found, that when there is systemic inflammation can actually interfere with the neuronal and glial-wellbeing of the blood-brain barrier, thus breaking the balance of the brain homeostasis. When this happens, it causes the neuron signals to disrupt the cognitive and behavioral patterns in the brain and can become permanent as well as lead to the pathway of neurodegeneration.
Stem cells * or HCTP (human cellular tissue products) are a form of regenerative medicine that helps boost the body’s own natural healing process by regenerating damaged cells, diseased organs, and tissues back to their original state. HCTP has also been used in regenerative treatments in both international and nationally affiliated clinics and distribution organizations to help individuals that are dealing with chronic pain and with more upcoming research discussing the beneficial properties of HCTP and how it can help many individuals become pain-free.
Chronic Metabolic Syndrome Symptoms
If an individual has metabolic syndrome, some of the tell-tale signs that they may have include a larger waistline, high blood pressure, higher triglyceride levels, and many more that can affect the body. Research shows that the combination of genetics and lifestyle factors is due to the result of insulin resistance in the body causing metabolic syndrome. When insulin resistance starts to become chronic in the body, it can turn into chronic metabolic syndrome. Chronic metabolic syndrome is developed when a person continues to do the same things in their daily routine but doesn’t make the necessary changes to better their life. Some of the symptoms that are caused due to chronic metabolic syndrome include:
- Inflamed Brain
- Lyme Disease
The Inflamed Brain
When there are inflammatory responses that are affecting the body, if it becomes too chronic, it can start affecting the brain. Studies have shown that neuroinflammation is an inflammatory response that is within the brain or the spinal cord. With neuroinflammation, it can actually become chronic and infect the blood-brain barrier permeability causing the brain to be inflamed. Other studies have researched that when there is a change in the peripheral and brain immunity as well as inflammation are involved with the pathophysiology of depression.
Research studies have shown that Lyme disease is a multi-organ animal-borne disease that is from the Borrelia species and is transferred from ticks. This disease can start affecting the skin, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and heart in the body. Ticks that thrive in woodsy and grassy areas can actually affect the wildlife and even household dogs that go running through the tall grassy areas. When a tick starts latching onto exposed skin will transmit the disease to individuals causing them to develop a red ring-like expanding rash on the affected area and causing a huge variety of symptoms that can affect the body.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Studies have shown that when a person is infected with Lyme disease, many symptoms that will occur if not treated, cause migraine lesions, palsies on the cranial nerves. If it starts to continue to spread, later on, it will cause arthritis on the larger joints, especially the knees. Other symptoms include:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Memory loss
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances
Studies have found that when there is human exposure to water-damaged facilities in the area, it can cause neurologic and neuropsychiatric symptoms to the body and the brain. This is known as mycotoxins and research has shown that these microfungi particles can display overlapping toxicities to invertebrates, plants, and microorganisms. Now when mycotoxins are in the body, they can actually affect the central nervous system by shifting the brain’s metabolism and causing damage. Other research studies have found that different mycotoxins that enter the body and start to cause havoc on the brain’s metabolism can be very toxic to various parts of the brain causing neurodegenerative disorders. If it is not treated with antibiotics and being taken care of it can lead to chronic illnesses over time.
All in all, it is important to take care of not only the body but also the brain’s health. When there are unwanted pathogens and factors that can cause metabolic syndrome or neurodegenerative disorders, if it is not taken care of, can lead to chronic illnesses over time. By utilizing nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and making small changes in certain lifestyles can provide beneficial results to the individual who wants to feel better and start on their wellness journey.
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