Metabolic Syndrome Essay

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Last week my grandmother fell. In one little misstep, she hit the ground breaking both her legs. How is that even possible? She didn’t even trip over anything! Sadly, the cause of such breakage was due to her weak brittle bones. She never made time for exercise during her entire life. She can’t recall a single day when she broke a sweat. This complete lack of exercise caused her bones to become delicate and frail. She always had an excuse and never made time for her body. Sadly, most Americans are like this.
America is a country of excuses, especially when it comes to exercise. People often say “I’m too busy,’ “I don’t have time,” “I am too tired,” the list is endless! People will think of every reason in the book not to exercise. Yes, Americans
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Many people tend to accumulate Metabolic Syndrome. This is a name given to a collection of symptoms people tend to have before being diagnosed with diseases of other issues. The symptoms include hypertension, high blood sugar, excess body fat, etc. One study tested the effects of HIIT on people with metabolic syndrome. The researchers found that HIIT reversed more of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome than moderate-intensity exercise. HIIT decreased the subject’s sensitivity to insulin, decreased body fat percentage, decreased blood pressure, and even increased aerobic capacity! These are some of the major problems associated with metabolic syndrome and HIIT was able to deceases some of the problems (Tjonna, et al., 2008)! Even if illness is already irreversible, there is still hope. Interval training may not be able to reverse problems but still increase quality of life. It can still be an wonderful medicine. In a study done on patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) HIIT was able to increase the minute ventilation. Minute ventilation is the amount of gas inhaled or exhaled per minute. With COPD patients, ventilation is very poor making it hard to breath. Patients were able to withstand exercise longer and breathe a bit easier enhancing their quality of life (Vagiatizis, Nanas, & Roussos, 2002). Even people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) can be helped with a little exercise. Cystic Fibrosis also causes issues in the lungs like COPD. Unlike COPD it is genetic. CF causes a buildup of thick mucus in the lungs making it hard to breathe. Although COPD has no cure, HIIT was found to offer help! Subjects of the CF study only an added three hours per week of exercise to their life! After 6 month, they had an increase in VO2max as well as maximum workload and overall health (Hebestreit, et al., 2010). HIIT not only helps the ill but can be a great choice for people just

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