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Syndrome X
 
by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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 level.
 
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