Metabolic Syndrome (Hyperinsulinemia, Syndrome X)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
Some 30 million Americans have a condition that dramatically increases their risk of developing degenerative
diseases like diabetes, heart disease and strokes. It is a contributing factor in high blood
pressure and a major cause of obesity. The problem goes by many names: metabolic syndrome, syndrome X, hyperinsulinemia, cardiometabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance
syndrome. Whatever name you give it, if you match three or more of the following criteria,
Here are some other contributing factors to the development of
Overcoming Metabolic Syndrome
The secret to correcting metabolic syndrome X lies in some basic life-style changes.
The first is resistance exercise. Resistance exercise trains muscles to take up glucose without the need for insulin, thereby decreasing insulin requirements. After just five days of no exercise insulin resistance increases. Conversely, when we do exercises like weight lifting sufficient to make our muscles "burn" a little, we are causing our muscle tissue to take up sugar without insulin. Thus, a program of muscle building exercise (at least three times per week) will help Syndrome X and reduce our risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
A second secret is changing the kinds of fats we consume. Transfatty acids, found in margarine and vegetable oils, and saturated fats increase cellular resistance to insulin. Most vegetable oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids, but deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease insulin resistance. Switch from vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats (fries, chips, pastries, bagels, etc.) to high quality fats like olive oil, butter and flax seed oil.
A third secret is to avoid refined carbohydrates. Get on a low glycemic diet, cutting out grain, sugars and high starch foods from your diet. Eat lots of non-starchy fruits and vegetables instead.
An appropriate program of dietary supplements will also help to overcome hyperinsulinemia (but not without appropriate dietary changes). Here are some suggestions. If not reversed by dietary improvement, cells become resistant to insulin. Moisture and sugar are not drawn into the cells like they should be, leading to increasing blood sugar levels. When this starts to happen, the Chinese formula HY-C is very helpful.
HY-C treats a condition known in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as yin deficiency. Yin is associated with water and sugar (the sweet taste). HY-C nourishes the yin, helping the body absorb and utilize water and nourishment. It is indicated where there is dryness and excess thirst. When a person feels thirsty, drinks water, urinates heavily and is still thirsty they need this formula.
Dry skin, dry eyes, dry cough, constipation with dry stool, dry mouth, burning sensations in the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet and low grade fever and iflammation are all indications for HY-C. It may also be helpful for symptoms like sore throats, ringing in the ears, night sweating, hypoglycemia, hypertension and insomnia.
Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
Herbs: Golden Seal and Licorice Root
Herbal Formulas: HY-C, LIV-J, pro-pancreas and Super Algae
Nutraceuticals: Carbo Grabbers and SugarReg
Essential Oils: Cinnamon and Rosemary
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