Signs Of Serious Back Problems

The Link Between Metabolic Health & Aging

The Link Between Metabolic Health & Aging

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When you think about getting older, do you imagine physical decline and poor cognitive health? 

It’s okay, most of us do. However, at Well Theory, we want to be perfectly clear – getting chronologically older is out of our control, but aging is largely in part, a matter of consistent lifestyle choices.  It is exciting to know that your chrono-age does not need to match your bio-age.  Many people that live healthy lifestyles, manage stress and sleep well are biologically younger than their actual birthday-based age.  This has been proven with DNA methylation studies. 

Your Metabolic Health Plays A Key Role In Aging

This may not come as a surprise, but the United States does not rank well among countries with higher life expectancies. Areas like Okinawa and the Mediterranean region are much higher. 

This can be largely attributed to their lifestyle parameters and choices that focus around diet, stress, sleep, social interactions, and exercise. These play a key role in metabolic health. 

Note that your metabolic health is measured by many doctors with five markers: blood sugar, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, blood pressure and waist circumference.

When your blood sugar levels remain at a steadily high amount, you can develop insulin resistance, which is associated with poor mitochondrial health. As the “powerhouse” of the cell, your mitochondria produce the energy that powers biochemical reactions within the cell making it vital for cell health and longevity.

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When the cells are damaged, this can trigger an inflammatory response that creates a constant state of low-grade inflammation throughout the body. This leads to diseases we typically associate with age, but should instead be associated with this inflammatory response – arthritis, dementia, etc. 

Having poor metabolic health can also lead to a number of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. 

Ways To Improve Metabolic Health

You can improve your metabolic health by implementing positive, consistent lifestyle choices. As we mentioned before, diet and exercise play a huge role in maintaining health. 

You may feel that implementing an exercise routine is a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll want to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity throughout the week for maintaining metabolic health. This may sound like a lot, but let’s break it down.

150 minutes can be spread out into 30 minutes over five days, and can be broken up into even smaller chunks as you adjust to new forms of exercise or movement. 

Walking for ten minutes after each meal can be effective, while helping with digestion. 

You can also implement cycling, swimming, yoga, or resistance training. Just find a workout that works best for your schedule (preferably one you enjoy) and stick to it. 

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Not only is yoga a great form of exercise, but it also encourages mindfulness and provides a level of stress relief.  Yoga is great for strength and flexibility.  Some types of yoga can put you into zone 2 for cardio, but most will not.  

Reducing stress levels is also vital for improving metabolic health. It’s one of the reasons Dr. Warner is a big advocate of the Mediterranean Diet. 

With the Mediterranean Diet, you’re encouraged to share meals with family and friends, thus improving our relationship with food in this communal setting.  Cooking with real ingredients in the home is also a form of task-based mindfulness that will promote stress reduction.  

The types of foods you eat with the Mediterranean Diet are also beneficial for your overall health. It focuses on vegetables, fruits, fatty fish or seafood, nuts, legumes, whole grains and other unprocessed foods. It also places emphasis on healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil. 

This makes the Mediterranean Diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, benefiting your cell and metabolic health. 

Supplements For Metabolic Health

Even with the best diets, we can miss out on essential nutrients, which is why it’s important to supplement our diet for longevity.

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Berberine is an excellent supplement that has been discussed alongside the 60-year-old prescription drug Metformin in its ability to increase insulin sensitivity and reduce blood glucose levels. It’s also been shown to improve all five markers of metabolic health.

Well Theory’s Vitamin K2 + Olive Oil supplement promotes heart health and arterial blood flow. Not only that, but it can increase insulin sensitivity as well as improve bone health.

Omega-3 Dietary Supplement for Joint, Brain, & Mood Health

Omega-3 is highly anti-inflammatory and relieves inflammatory pain much like NSAIDs, but without the negative side effects. Omega-3 fatty acids are also more flexible as building blocks for cell membranes than are the more common Omega-6 fatty acids.  Filling your cellular membranes with these flexible  molecules can help you age optimally.

Dr. Meredith Warner Baton Rouge Orthopedic Surgeon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation