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My name is David Binns. I began working out three years ago and while I was able to lose weight, I still lacked tone. I began lifting but only showed very small results after a year. Since I have started training with Armen, I have gained about 8 lbs of muscle in a short 3 months. I have more energy, better stamina, and my workout regimen has improved as well to be more rounded. These are things that I tried to do myself by reading books on the subject but that I am now convinced only comes with years experience and an extended education in training. These are both things that Armen possesses and has used to guide me to very favorable results. Using his advice I have improved my diet, and focused on foods that help burn fat and build muscle. My workouts have reached new levels with him pushing me to attain the best results. Armen has also helped me to create a workout schedule for the whole week, not just at personal training. I would recommend personal training to anyone who wants fast results that last.

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A Combo of Risk

How likely are you to have heart disease?

For the past 20 years, heart disease has been the leading cause of death around the world. There are many risk factors that contribute to heart disease. Metabolic syndrome is a term that describes multiple risk factors of heart disease that occur together. High blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, high cholesterol, and carrying too much weight around your waist are associated with metabolic syndrome.

To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you need at least three of the risk factors. The more you have, the greater your risk of heart disease. But the risk doesn’t end there. With metabolic syndrome, you’re more likely to have all sorts of diseases, such as diabetes and stroke.

As you may have guessed, metabolic syndrome is becoming more common. Don’t want to be a statistic? Here are the basics about this unwanted condition.

How Do You Know?

Like many deadly diseases, metabolic syndrome is often silent. You can have it and not know it. That’s because conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol can go undetected for years. This is why regular doctor checkups are so important. A condition like high blood sugar may cause symptoms fatigue or increased thirst and urination. But not always. If you have metabolic syndrome, you need to know it. And you need to be tested for other conditions as well.

What’s the Cause?

There are many factors that play into the development of metabolic syndrome. Some can be helped. Others, like your genetics or age, are out of your control.
Your risk for metabolic syndrome increases if you’re overweight or rarely exercise. Overweight people usually carry excess weight around the middle or on their hips and thighs. Being apple-shaped (carrying weight on your belly) has greater health risks.

Other conditions that put you at risk for metabolic syndrome are insulin resistance, constant low-grade inflammation, excessive blood clotting, fatty liver, gallstones, sleep apnea, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Can It Be Treated?

A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome shouldn’t be ignored. Don’t wait for your health to improve on its own, because it won’t. Instead, work with your doctor to develop a plan of action.

Lifestyle changes can go a long way in helping to prevent or delay heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Your primary health goal is to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. If you have diabetes, you’ll need to manage it. Don’t have diabetes? Take steps to prevent it from developing.

One of the best things you can do is to exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day. But don’t just go to the gym for half an hour. Find ways to increase the amount of physical activity you get throughout the day.
Make dietary changes that will lead to weight loss. By cutting seven percent of your body weight, you’ll drastically reduce your blood pressure. You’ll also help the body become more sensitive to insulin. Reduce your sodium intake, avoid added sugars, cut back on calories, and fill up on foods high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

You’ll also do well to learn healthy ways of managing stress. If you smoke when you’re stressed, quit. If you smoke when you’re not stressed, quit that too.
When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to manage your conditions, then your doctor may prescribe medication. This can help lower blood pressure or cholesterol, prevent blood clots from forming, or reduce your risk of serious heart complications.

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