Holy Trinity

I wish this were a tale of The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh if you are Hindu. Unfortunately, this is a tale of another trinity. Metabolic trinity. It shows up with alarming frequency. So much so that it may even put the notion of gods omnipresence to shame. It seems to be everywhere. An expanding waistline, high triglycerides and insulin resistance. Show a doctor, and he or she might even pooh-pooh you away. Ask you to come back another day. When you have something serious to discuss. However, you may want to pay heed.

Experts world over are increasingly warning of the long-term dangers of the Trinity. If you don’t show symptoms of the disease, you may not even get yourself tested. Other than the buttons of your trousers beginning to feel like the tailor stitched them in the wrong place. If you persist down the same path soon, these symptoms will convert to graver issues. Your doctor at this point will say “I wish you had come earlier.” You will silently curse, tongue between teeth.

Most of us get tested for blood sugar. Even if it’s on the higher side but within tolerance we ignore it. It is usually too late as Insulin resistance manifests much before your blood sugar levels rise. Similarly, if our Total Cholesterol is within 200 most doctors would tell you, you are fine. However, you need to look at the good cholesterol or HDL, bad cholesterol or LDL and triglycerides levels. I am sure you don’t need any advice on how to figure out that your waist line is out of whack. Your trousers tell you that every day. The Trinity is a precursor to Type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Right now you may feel fine. Your assessment may be incorrect because the Trinity is asymptomatic. Much like being in the eye of the storm.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.