Syndrome X refers to a group of health problems that may include high blood pressure, overweight, and abnormal blood fats (cholesterol or triglycerides) and always includes a metabolic disorder known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the resistance of one's cells to the blood sugar transporting hormone insulin, which results in poor glucose metabolism. Excessive production of insulin leads to obesity, increased blood pressure, and high blood fats (triglycerides). Other terms that are sometimes used by doctors to describe syndrome X include metabolic syndrome, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, and pre-diabetes.
The letter "X" in syndrome X, was so named because researchers in the past did not fully understand this syndrome, and X represents the unknown. Today, syndrome X is a recognized condition and is well understood as a metabolic disorder. People who have untreated syndrome X are more prone to inflammatory disorders, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.
The modern American diet of refined carbohydrates and low fiber and a deficiency of essential fatty acids, combined with nutritional deficiencies and a lack of exercise, sets the stage for insulin resistance. Once insulin resistance has occurred, the cluster of symptoms known to accompany syndrome X, such as a weight problem or obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides, becomes evident. If you have two or more of these symptoms, many experts feel that you have syndrome X. People with syndrome X often have an "apple" shaped body, as insulin promotes fat storage around the belly.
Syndrome X is best prevented and treated through nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, and other natural methods. As a matter of fact, we find that once a patient has been identified as having Syndrome X and follows our specific natural protocol, there is often a dramatic reduction in weight, blood lipids, and blood pressure, as well as an improved energy level.
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Prescription #1 Chromium Picolinate – LifeSource
Take a daily total
of up to 1,000 mcg. Chromium improves glucose tolerance and balances
Prescription # 2 Gymnema Sylvestre - LifeSource
Take 400 mg of a 25
percent gymneic acid extract daily. Gymnema lowers blood-sugar levels.
Prescription #3 Alpha Lipoic Acid - LifeSource
Take 300 to 1,200 mg
daily. Alpha lipoic acid improves insulin sensitivity.
Prescription #4 Vanadyl Sulfate.
Take 100 to 300 mg
daily. It improves glucose tolerance in people with insulin resistance.
Higher dosages should be used under the supervision of a doctor.
Prescription #5 Biotin - LifeSource Product
Take 9 to 16 mg
daily. Biotin is involved with proper glucose metabolism.
Prescription #6 Multivitamin – High Potency – LifeSource Products - See All of our Multivitamin Products.
These supply many of
the nutrients involved with blood sugar metabolism. Take as directed on the
Prescription #7 Omega 3, 6 & 9 - LifeSource Products - See All of our Omega 3 – Fish Oil Products.
Take these essential
fatty acids that contains a mixture of omega-3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Flax
seed & fish oil, combined with Borage Oil, is common. Take as directed on
the container. This supplement provides essential fatty acids that are needed
for proper insulin function.
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- Insulin resistance and glucose intolerance (as diagnosed by blood testing)
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal blood lipids (high total cholesterol and triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol)
- Excess fat around the belly or the chest
- Unhealthful diet
- Chronic stress and the resulting stress hormone imbalance
- Nutritional deficiencies, especially of chromium, B vitamins, zinc, vanadium
- Lack of exercise
The most important therapy for syndrome X and insulin resistance is a healthful diet. These dietary suggestions will help regulate your levels of sugar and also reduce your risk of complications, such as cardiovascular disease.
Follow a diet that's high in fiber (vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains). Water soluble fiber, as found in oat bran, beans, nuts, seeds, and apples, for example, helps to balance blood sugar. Ground flaxseeds should be consumed daily. Consume 1 teaspoon with each meal or 1/4 cup daily. Make sure to drink plenty of water when you start taking flaxseeds (10 ounces per tablespoon). A daily total of 35 to 50 mg of fiber daily is a great goal.
Consume vegetable protein (legumes, nuts, seeds, peas) or lean animal protein (turkey, chicken, fish) with each meal and most snacks. Protein drinks that have low sugar levels can be consumed. Protein helps smooth out blood-sugar levels. Many people with diabetes find benefit by increasing the relative amount of protein in the diet.
Focus on quality fats. Fish such as salmon is excellent, as are nuts and seeds. Use olive and flaxseed oil with your salads.
Instead of eating three large meals, have several smaller meals throughout the day to keep your insulin and blood-sugar levels steady. Or have three main meals, with healthful snacks in-between. Do not go longer than three hours without eating.
A chromium deficiency contributes to blood-sugar problems, so eat plenty of brewer's yeast, wheat germ, whole grains, cheese, soy products, onions, and garlic. Onions and garlic will also help lower blood-sugar levels and protect against heart disease.
Enjoy plenty of berries, plums, and grapes, which contain phyto-chemicals that protect your vision.
Focus on foods with a low glycemic index and load value.
Foods to Avoid
Stay away from simple sugars. Obvious ones to avoid are candy, cookies, sodas, and other sweets.
White, refined bread also spikes blood-sugar levels. Whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas are better choices, although you need to read the labels because they may contain an overabundance of carbohydrates. Brown rice, barley, oats, spelt, and kamut are complex carbohydrates that are good choices.
Eliminate alcohol and caffeine from your diet, as they can spike blood-sugar levels and thus insulin for some people.
Cut back on your consumption of saturate fat. Found in red meat and dairy products, it has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Avoid artificial sweeteners. Instead use diabetic-sage and more healthful natural sweeteners such as stevia, or xylitol.
Stay away from oils and foods that contain trans-fatty acids. Margarine, deep-fried foods, and most packaged foods, such as cookies, crackers, and pastries, contain hydrogenated oils. These land mines of trans-fatty acids promote insulin resistance.
Avoid high glycemic-load foods.
Consume detoxifying super green foods, such as chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, or a mixture of super green foods. These foods also stabilize blood-sugar levels.
- Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke. If you have insulin resistance, you are vulnerable to heart and kidney damage, both of which are linked to smoking. You may also have circulation problems, and smoking impairs blood flow.
- If you are overweight, it is imperative that you lose weight safely.< /font>
- Exercise regularly to maintain optimal blood-sugar levels. Walking after meals is effective for some people.
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