Health Tips for Seniors



How Your Metabolism is Responsible in Making or Breaking Your

A bunch of chemical reactions that convert the food we take in to fuel and energy for the use of our body is called metabolism. This energy released by metabolism is utilized not only for voluntary actions like running and talking but for involuntary actions like growth. The innumerable metabolic reactions taking place in our bodies have specific functions to discharge. Metabolism is of two kinds, namely, anabolism and catabolism. The former is constructive, building and storing materials. Catabolism is destructive as it breaks down molecules that release energy.

The rate of metabolism can be distorted and affected by hormones like Insulin and thyroxin. Metabolism has a large part either in weight gain or loss. The basal metabolic rate decides as to the number of calories you can expend while at rest.

Metabolic Disorders

These are caused by irregular or abnormal chemical reaction in your body. These are the results of hormonal abnormal functioning or levels. While a few metabolic disorders are inherited, some more are developed. A few of common metabolic disorders are Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, Galactosemia, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Phenylketonuria, Type1 diabetes mellitus and Type 2 diabetes. Most of these disorders can lead to serious conditions. For instance, Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency can cause hemolytic anemia an in ability to produce enough red blood cells in the body. Diabetes increases the risk for heart disease and other problems.

Thus metabolism and its processes have a major role and effect on every aspect of your body and life. So you should understand metabolism and look after the body and ensure consistent metabolism. Do not experiment problems with metabolism without visiting your doctor and consulting him.




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