Metabolic Syndrome and How it Affects You

March 16th, 2011

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of obesity (increased waist to hip ratio), blood glucose dysregulation (Diabetes I & II) and abnormal lipid metabolism (high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol).  High levels of insulin cause high levels of Insulin growth factor (IGF-1) which can promote cancer progression.  Also, metabolic syndrome is associated with increased levels of circulating estrogens, which increase the patient’s risk of breast and other hormonal cancers.

Metabolic syndrome can also be reversed by increasing lean muscle mass and decreasing fat mass, balancing blood sugars and improving cholesterol metabolism in the body.  Eating foods high in fiber, like fruits, vegetables, beans and lentils.  Limiting starchy foods like breads, pastas, corn and potatoes to 1-2 servings per day.  Avoiding high glycemic foods such as sugar, white flour, sodas, candy, muffins and bagels.  Also, reducing stress and exercising will drastically improve the metabolism and physiology of the body, helping to reverse metabolic syndrome.

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