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 prediabetes.
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
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements shown to help Syndrome X:
Prescription for Cures by
James F. Balch
Super Prescription #1
Take a daily total of up to 1,000 mcg. Chromium
improves glucose tolerance and balances blood-sugar
Super Prescription # 2
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Take 400 mg of a 25 percent gymneic acid extract daily.
Gymnema lowers blood-sugar levels.
Super Prescription #3
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Take 300 to 1,200 mg daily. Alpha lipoic acid improves
Super 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.
Super Prescription #5
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Take 9 to 16 mg daily. Biotin is involved with proper
Super Prescription #6
Multivitamin – High Potency
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These supply many of the nutrients involved with blood
sugar metabolism. Take as directed on the container.
Super Prescription #7
Omega 3, 6 & 9
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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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studies for Syndrome X
· Insulin resistance and glucose intolerance (as diagnosed by blood
· Abnormal blood lipids (high total cholesterol and triglycerides, and low
· Excess fat around the belly or the chest
· Chronic stress and the resulting stress hormone imbalance
· Nutritional deficiencies, especially of chromium, B vitamins, zinc,
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
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
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
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
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.<
· Exercise regularly to maintain optimal blood-sugar levels. Walking after
meals is effective for some people.
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