Syndrome W: What Your Weight and Your Waist May Be Trying to Tell You
Posted Apr 01 2009 2:45pm
Mid-life comes with so many wonderful surprises: irregular periods, hot-flashes, mood swings and, oh yes let's not forget, that gradually increasing waistline.
We write it off as just another side-effect of changing hormone levels and, as we struggle to zip up our jeans, we shake our heads and sigh. It's just what we women have to put up with . . . or is it?
It turns out that our increasing girth despite exercise and healthy eating may be a sign of an underlying problem Apllesandtape called Syndrome W. Now if you've become a couch potato and your loading up on the chips and salsa or ice cream sandwiches after the kids go to bed, Syndrome W is probably not your problem. But, if you have kept yourself in shape, exercised regularly and ate right and you have still, mysteriously, seen your weight increasing, your waist-line growing and your energy level bottoming out, then this is something you might need to look into.
Harriette Mogul, the director of research of adult endocrinology at New York Medical College, discovered that many normally slim and fit women were coming to her and presenting with slightly elevated blood pressure, unexplained weight gain and fatigue. Thinking that their shifting hormone levels were to blame, they were looking for hormone supplementation. All of these women had normal blood sugar levels, but Dr. Mogul thought to look where others had not.
Glucose tests are very common and once the results come up normal, the idea of blood sugar issues is often disregarded, but Dr. Mogul decided that insulin levels also deserved a look. What she found is that many of these women had normal glucose levels but elevated insulin levels.