SYNDROME X – CARBOHYDRATE – NOT FAT – THE ENEMY

Further understanding has recently come to light regards the interconnection between high carbohydrate diet, exhausted pancreas and the subsequent formation of inefficient insulin, which leads to high levels of insulin and therefore glucose remaining in the blood stream.

This condition is termed insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to SYNDROME X, which is a cluster of factors which make one far more susceptible to heart disease, high blood pressure, fats lining the arteries and stroke.

Individuals at greatly increased risk of SYNDROME X are:   overweight, sedentary, have a family history of heart attack, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high levels of insulin and glucose in the blood.

Low cholesterol doesn’t protect people with SYNDROME X from heart attacks.

Chronically high levels of insulin and glucose in the bloodstream means the liver will make and dump large amounts of tri-glyceride-rich fats into the bloodstream; and the high levels of insulin can increase the likelihood of blood clots, make blood vessels narrower and less elastic and force the kidneys to retain sodium and water.

These factors contribute to increased blood pressure and an increased chance of developing atherosclerosis ie fat deposits on the lining of the arteries.

To date there are no drugs available to treat SYNDROME X, changing diet can greatly assist:

  • eat less saturated/solid animal fats,
  • 15% daily intake of protein
  • 40% medicinal fat, ie oils of fish, safflower, sunflower, olive, flax, mustard seed
  • 45% carbohydrate, thus decreasing stimulation of the pancreas and excessive secretion of insulin, and subsequent pancreatic exhaustion

Also, lose weight with daily exercise, gradually building to one hour, give up smoking and drink alcohol in real moderation, that is no more than two standard drinks per day on four days of the week, having three days per week alcohol free.

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