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  1. What is metabolic syndrome?
  2. Can you fix metabolic syndrome?
  3. What is the best exercise for metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome

Our team at Malvern East Physiotherapy recently had the pleasure of assisting La Trobe University’s  research surrounding the impact and prevalence of metabolic syndrome in private practice physiotherapy. This opportunity not only assisted our team ensure that we’re at the forefront of current practice, but provided the opportunity for members of our Malvern East Physiotherapy to complete a comprehensive health check.

As part of the research, members of our community completed a number of tests including blood sugar levels, blood pressure and completed an in-depth survey around exercise and dietary habits.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of conditions that have been linked to increase the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Current research has shown that individuals with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or have a stoke.

Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when an individual has three or more of the factors below:

  • Increased weight around your stomach region.
  • Increased blood pressure/currently taking blood pressure medication
  • Increased triglycerides
  • Increased cholesterol/currently taking cholesterol medication
  • Raised blood sugar levels

Can you fix metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome may be reversed by implementing a combination of dietary and exercise changes. Reversing these conditions can significantly reduce the risk of developing more serious health conditions. It has been shown that a combination of diet and exercise can reduce the likelihood of metabolic syndrome by 40%.

What is the best exercise for metabolic syndrome?

A supervised and combined approach to exercise has been shown to be the most effect way to address metabolic syndrome. Ensure your exercise program includes both aerobic and strengthening exercises. Overall, the aim is to complete at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week.

A program that is supervised by a health professional can be a safe and effective way to exercise. Importantly, your trusted health professional is able to ensure you start an exercise program that is safe and specific for you.

Our team run a number of supervised exercise program including clinical strength and clinical pilates. To learn more, contact our team or book online.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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