Are you an ‘apple’ or ‘pear’?

Often people are concerned about the shape of their body and the way this makes them look and feel. However your body shape could be an indicator to a potential health problem.

An ‘apple’ shaped body tends to have fat above the waist, whereas a ‘pear’ shaped body carries fat below the waist. Men with waist measurements of more than 40 inches, and women with waist measurements of more than 35 inches fall into the ‘apple’ category.

What are the dangers of being an ‘apple’ shape?

Pear shaped people tend to store fat below the waist, whereas apple shaped people store fat inside the abdomen among the internal organs. This results in higher rates of insulin resistance (possibly leading to diabetes), abnormal fat levels and metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that has only recently been defined by the medical establishment, not as a disease but an assortment of inter-related conditions that can severely damage a person’s health, particularly as a precursor to stroke, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease. It is on the increase and extremely serious, especially amongst sedentary people and the overweight.

Typical symptoms are:

  • insulin resistance
  • an overweight, apple shaped body
  • high blood fats
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure

What can I do?

Identifying the risks is the first step. This will lessen the impact and reduce the risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease.

Along with exercise, nutritional intervention is important to improve cardiovascular health and support blood sugar balance.

How can The Wyndham Centre help?

The Alternative Health Check Gold is an in depth health evaluation using complementary and conventional tests by means of scanning the body for early signs of dysfunction.

It will cover:-

  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • the age of your arteries
  • blood sugar
  • urinalysis
  • mineral taste test

In addition the check consists of a food and airborne sensitivity test and a body scan for organ dysfunctions. It also includes the Vegacheck Analysis which looks for functional disorders.

You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire on your general health and lifestyle before your appointment. Results are instantaneous, however a comprehensive report will be sent to you after your test with suggested changes that you can make in your diet and lifestyle to benefit your overall health.

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