Metabolic syndrome or Insulin Resistance
Metabolic syndrome was first known as Syndrome X and later as Insulin Resistance Syndrome, but now it is understood that it is caused by an imbalance or disturbance to ones overall metabolism. Metabolism is the chemical processes occurring within a living organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life. Most people who have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome know it as pre-diabetes, but it is much more than that.
People who have metabolic syndrome are at risk for many different diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and many types of cancer. What’s becoming more and more disturbing is the growing number of Westerners who have metabolic syndrome.
Those who have metabolic syndrome have three out of the following five criteria:
- Waist Circumference greater than 89cm for women and greater than 102cm for men.
- High Triglycerides levels.
- Low HDL cholesterol levels.
- Blood pressure greater than 130/85.
- Fasting blood sugar higher than 6mmol.
So, why is this becoming such a concern? There is a direct link between your weight or more precisely with ones percentage of body fat with the development of metabolic syndrome. The more glucose (sugar) one eats causes the body to have to put out more insulin to digest or metabolize that sugar and the excess gets stored as fat. Therefore, people become fatter and over time their body cannot keep up and they develop insulin resistance which means they have to put out more and more insulin to be able to metabolize the same amount of sugar.
Therefore, what people need to learn is how to eat foods that are not high in sugar. All foods have a different amount of glucose in them and cause your blood sugar to rise at different rates. This is known as the glycemic index and learning how to eat a diet that is full of foods with a low glycemic index would be one step in the direction of avoiding or reversing metabolic syndrome.
If you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome or, based on the criteria above, think you may have metabolic syndrome, you can reverse this condition with the Manna Weight Loss Program.
The best product to help with the control of blood glucose levels, reducing the insulin requirements of the body, retarding the uptake of glucose from the food to the blood stream and helping to curb cravings is Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets, available from all leading pharmacies, including Dis-Chem and Clicks.