A metabolic disorder is an inborn error of metabolism, encompassing deficiencies in enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids liberated from lipids, and amino acids derived from proteins. It is a clustering of at least three medical conditions out of five. These are abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high serum triglycerides & low serum high-density lipoprotein. The disorder is associated with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The disorder is believed to be caused by an underlying disorder of energy storage and utilization. The major sign of the metabolic disorder is central obesity, also known as visceral, male-pattern, or apple-shaped adiposity characterized by adipose tissue accumulation around the trunk and the waist. High blood pressure, decreased fasting serum HDL cholesterol, impaired fasting glucose, elevated fasting serum triglyceride level, insulin resistance, or prediabetes are other signs of metabolic disorder. The exact cause of the metabolic disorder is still under investigation, however, getting older, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, stress, insulin resistance genetics, insomnia, excess use of alcohol and smoking, certain use of medication and low physical activity, etc are the real factors behind the metabolic disorder in the body. 

Lifestyle diseases are termed as a disease linked with the way people live their life. Lifestyle diseases are non-communicable and commonly caused due to lack of physical activity, alcohol, drugs, unhealthy eating, smoking that lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and lung cancer. As the world is getting more industrialized now, certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, chronic liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, kidney failure, stroke, depression, etc are also characterized under the category of lifestyle diseases. Diet and lifestyle are the major factors that influence lifestyle diseases. These diseases can be easily prevented if an individual follows a correct path, and take early life decisions. A well-balanced lifestyle through healthy eating, exercise, and quitting smoking and tobacco decreases the risk of developing lifestyle diseases. 

Ayurveda believes that metabolic disorders & lifestyle diseases are caused due to a problem in digestion and absorption. According to Ayurveda, the condition occurs due to the vitiation of the digestive fire. It can happen due to blockage in channels of metabolism. Ayurveda with a holistic and non-invasive approach focuses to treat metabolic & lifestyle disorders with the correction of digestive fire with the use of herbal medicines, therapies along with correction in diet and lifestyle, yoga and meditation, physical activities, and by detoxifying the body through removing the blockage of channels. 

Naturopathy also treats metabolic & lifestyle disorders with modification in lifestyle and diet. Naturopathy believes in the theory that these diseases can be successfully cured and prevented without the use of drugs, just by controlling the diet and change in lifestyle. Naturopathy helps in building a life that prevents lifestyle diseases. Naturopathy focuses on restoring the balance of the mind and the body and makes positive lifestyle changes that result in a healthier and longer lifestyle through a strict diet regime, various therapies and massages, yoga and meditation, and other relaxation techniques to achieve the highest level of physical, psychological and spiritual well being.

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Frequently asked questions about Metabolic & Lifestyle Disorder

Does metabolic disorder increase the risk of heart diseases and diabetes?

Yes, as metabolic disorders are clusters of diseases such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, etc which increases the risk of heart diseases and diabetes. 

What is the common factor that develops metabolic & lifestyle disorder?

Obesity is one of the common factors that increase the risk of metabolic & lifestyle disorders. 

Is it true that most of metabolic disorder risk factors don’t have any symptoms?

Yes, most of the metabolic disorders risk factor doesn’t have any symptoms. The only sign is overweight. 

What are risk factors for lifestyle diseases?

The risk factors that develop lifestyle diseases are addictive habits of smoking, drinking, and drug abuse.

What are the complications of lifestyle diseases?

The occurrence of two or more diseases accompanied by lifestyle diseases can lead to extreme complications such as falls, stroke or cardiac arrest, etc that may even lead to death. 

Can healthy lifestyle prevent lifestyle diseases?

Yes, a healthy lifestyle can prevent lifestyle diseases to a greater extent. The people who follow a healthy lifestyle are capable to fight with environmental and societal impacts of unhealthy lifestyles like pollution and smoking, etc, and in spite of all odds; they enjoy a healthy life for a longer period. 

What are the three levels of promoting the health?

The three levels of promoting health include primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary prevention focuses on various determinations, secondary prevention focuses on early detection and intervention and tertiary prevention focuses on advanced recovery and reduction of relapse risk. 

What are the best foods to prevent metabolic & lifestyle diseases?

The best foods to prevent metabolic & lifestyle diseases are dark and leafy green vegetables, fruits, and grains, etc loaded with vitamins, minerals, magnesium, proteins, and antioxidants. 

What foods should be avoided to prevent metabolic & lifestyle disorders?

Food high in fats, highly refined, processed foods and sugars, white bread, and dry cereals should be avoided as these are associated with a greater risk of developing insulin resistance and all other aspects of metabolic & lifestyle disorders. 

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The metabolic & lifestyle disorders program helps patients to learn to combat these disorders most uniquely and holistically. The program shows the path to control and cure such diseases and also trains how to prevent them in the initial stage. The integrated wellness approach through ayurvedic, naturopathic, yogic, and alternative medicine treatments helps to realign the rhythm of the mind, body, and soul. The programs include diabetes management, treatment of hormonal imbalance, treatment of hypertension, treatment of neurological disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and autoimmune diseases.

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