Metabolic Syndrome (or Syndrome X) is a disorder that is characterized by hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and central obesity. Other manifestations of this Syndrome are glucose intolerance and a loss of insulin sensitivity, increased uric acid in the blood due to a decrease in clearance at the kidney, increased salt retention, and increased fibrinogen giving a tendency towards increased coagulation. Not surprisingly, these lead to an increased risk of Coronary Heart Disease(CHD). This shows how insulin resistant patients (high insulin output) can eventually develop CHD.
So how does this increased insulin secretion start. How can we stop this from occurring and causing insulin resistance, a condition where normal levels of insulin are not sufficient to do the job of bringing glucose into the cells of the body? Inflammation occurs through various pathways in the body. It occurs by different pathways such as stress and diet. High stress and a diet with processed food, refined carbohydrates, high carbohydrate load, low protein and low fiber, fast food, as well as environmental triggers like heavy metals and additives in plastics – all contribute to inflammation. Interestingly, fat on its own does not increase insulin (or its counterpart, glucagon).
What happens to a patient who is told to eat the regular pyramid of low fat and a “healthy distribution” of carbs? This increases insulin further, causing more fat to be stored. This increases cell volume, increases the need for more cholesterol for cell walls, and signals the body to find and release more cholesterol. The patient’s cholesterol levels will now increase.
There is a way to very effectively reduce or eliminate metabolic syndrome and its associated problems (including Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease as well) and the medications associated with it. Using a specified eating plan that uses healthy fats and low carbs for a given period of time, we can help you to live longer.
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