Lower Your Risk for Diabetes

If you haven’t heard of Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome, or Insulin Resistance Syndrome, chances are good that you will be hearing more about it soon.

Doctors have begun to focus on something they call Metabolic Syndrome, which is a collection of unhealthy laboratory results, and unhealthy body measurements that all are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. The terms Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance Syndrome are all used interchangeably to describe this problem.  According to an article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) 47 million Americans (or one in four adults) have Metabolic Syndrome. 

Metabolic Syndrome or insulin resistance may place you at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more here on how you can reduce your risk. 

If you have three or more of the following unhealthy measurements you have Metabolic Syndrome and are at risk for developing diabetes, coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke:

  • Waist greater than 40 inches in men or 35 in women
  • Blood pressure greater than 130/85
  • Fasting glucose of 110 or more
  • Triglycerides above 150
  • HDL cholesterol less than 40 in males, and less than 50 in women
Syndrome X or insulin resistance may place you at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Learn more here on how you can reduce your risk.

Just looking at the words Metabolic Syndrome probably makes you think that there’s something going on with your metabolism. Researchers do believe that Metabolic Syndrome has its roots in your ability to metabolize (digest and create energy) from the food you are eating. 

One of the central issues to promoting Metabolic Syndrome is insulin resistance. When our cells become resistant to insulin, they cannot take up glucose to fuel the body, and blood sugars rise. Rising blood sugar promotes fat storage rather than fat burning in the body, hence people experience weight gain and increased abdominal fat. High blood sugar levels also promote higher blood pressure, which makes the heart work harder and damages blood vessels, which can eventually lead to heart attack or stroke.

Sadly, the more abdominal fat we have the greater the insulin resistance, and the greater the propensity to add more fat. For many Metabolic Syndrome  is the slippery slope that leads to chronic degeneration, diabetes, and heart disease.

Beating Metabolic Syndrome

The good news is that Metabolic Syndrome can be reversed. Because this syndrome is caused by an number of different factors, there is no magic pill that can offer you a cure. However there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. 

  1. Exercise for 30 to 60 minutes a day.  Brisk walking or bicycling will help you reduce insulin resistance while strengthening your cardiovascular system, and increases the rate that you burn calories at.
  2. Lose Weight.  If you are overweight, losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight has a positive effect of reducing insulin levels and blood pressure.
  3. Cut Down on the Sugar and Simple Carbohydrates.  Sugars and refined carbohydrates such as bread and pasta are factors that raise blood fats (triglycerides) and promote fat gain.
  4. Eat Healthy Foods.  Avoiding packaged foods which are loaded in salt and sugar, and consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables can help you improve all the bad numbers associated with Syndrome X. Potassium rich fruits and vegetables also have a calming effect on the nervous system which lowers blood pressure as well.
  5. Eat Higher Fiber Foods.  Fiber promotes elimination and reduction of cholesterol.
  6. Reduce StressStress promotes release of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol promote insulin resistance, and also interfere with the production of thyroid hormones, which promotes more weight gain, and in turn promotes more insulin resistance.
  7. If You Smoke, Stop it now!  Cigarette smoke increases insulin resistance and constricts blood vessels, not to add that it promotes cancer. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health and life.
  8. Use Digestive Enzymes.  The right types of digestive enzymes will help you metabolize your foods, and improve triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

A diagnosis of Pre-diabetes  doesn’t have to be a sentence to life-long chronic health problems if you take a proactive approach to improving your own health by changing your diet and life style. And the good news doesn’t stop with just preventing heart disease, diabetes, or stroke, because the changes you make will also help you look and feel better too! 

It’s never too late to take control of your health.

Call Dr. Patrick today at 530-899-8741 to find how you can beat diabetes.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, in Chico California, specializes in effective, natural relief for IBS, food sensitivities and digestive problems. Learn more at www.digestionreliefcenter.com.

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