Research has brought to light a previously hidden cause of many modern illnesses. Dubbed metabolic syndrome X, this condition involves cellular resistance to a hormone called insulin, which causes insulin levels in the blood to rise, a condition known as hyperinsulinemia.
We have all heard that a deficiency of insulin produces a condition known as diabetes, but that's only true in type 1 diabetes (10-15% of cases). In most cases of diabetes (type II) there is an excess of this pancreatic hormone. In type II diabetes, insulin is being produced in excess, but isn't working due to cellular resistance. If this sounds like type II diabetes and syndrome X have the same cause, you got it. Type II diabetes is one of the serious health problems syndrome X can cause, but it isn't the only one.
Too much insulin is linked to high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. In fact, excess insulin is a bigger risk factor for cardiovascular disease than excess cholesterol.
Hyperinsulinemia is also a major cause of obesity, because insulin causes the body to store more fat. It disrupts sodium metabolism, increasing water retention. By depressing neurotransmitters in the brain syndrome X contributes to depression. In women, 75% of all cases of polocystic ovarian syndrome are also related to too much insulin.
In the initial stages, producing too much insulin causes a rapid lowering of blood sugar levels, which causes hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This increases the craving for sweets and stresses other hormone systems. It interferes with the conversion of thyroid hormone to T-3 which can result in functional hypothyroidism. Another negative effect is a rise in cortisol production from the adrenals. This reduces our ability to cope with stress, lowers our immune response and eventually exhausts our adrenals. Excess cortisol also contributes to aging.
Do You Have Metabolic Syndrome?
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,
you have this problem:
Abdominal Obesity: Waist circumference greater than 40” in men or 35” in women.
High Triglycerides: Blood triglycerides higher than 150 mg/dL.
Low HDL Cholesterol: HDL less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women.
High Blood Pressure: Blood pressure higher than 130/8 5.
High Fasting Glucose: Blood glucose greater than 100 mg/dL.
If you have metabolic syndrome, you can improve your health and potentially prolong your life using the information found in this newsletter. If you don’t personally match these criteria, chances are that someone you know does, so please share this information with them.
Here are some other contributing factors to the development of
• LOW fat diets or diets high in saturated fat.
• Too many omega-6 essential fatty acids in the diet, with insufficient omega-3.
• Sedentary life-styles and lack of exercise.
• Deficiencies of dietary chromium and magnesium. Deficiencies of zinc, manganese, vanadium, B-vitamins and vitamin A may also be involved.
• Eating foods that excess insulin production, especially refined carbohydrates.
• High carbohydrate, low protein diets.
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Therapies: Exercise and Glycemic Diet
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