Diabetes Prevention and Reversing Metabolic Syndrome October 27 2014, 1 Comment
Among US adults, nearly 26% currently have impaired fasting glucose and insulin resistance, often thought of as pre-diabetes. In this age group, nearly 11% have diabetes. Among people over 60, the percentage of diabetics jumps to 23%. This means that more than 80 million Americans are currently insulin resistant or have type 2 diabetes. By 2020, 50 percent of US adults are expected to be pre-diabetic or diabetic. Cost of treating diabetics will be $1,218 billion (that's $1.2 trillion) PER YEAR.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, excess abdominal fat, and abnormal lipid levels (high triglycerides, high LDL, low HDL)—that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and some forms of cancer.
Metabolic syndrome is linked to insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that helps control the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. Normally, glucose (sugar) is carried in the bloodstream and delivered to your body's tissues. Insulin enables glucose to enter cells. Cells can use glucose for immediate fuel, or fat cells can store it for later use. Your abdomen contains a lot of insulin receptors, which is the reason high insulin levels lead to weight gain around your waist.
Insulin resistance occurs in a step-wise fashion: initially, high blood sugar (from eating too many refined carbohydrates, lack of exercise, or long-term stress) causes the pancreas to secrete excessive amounts of insulin. If this continues, eventually cells won't respond—they become resistant. This leads to higher sugar in the blood stream, called impaired fasting glucose. Even if your blood sugar level isn't high enough to be considered diabetes, elevated glucose levels are still harmful to all organs, including your brain, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and immune system.
Reversing metabolic syndrome is crucial for improving health and prevention of disease. HormoneSynergy uses an evidence-based diet and lifestyle program that's tailored to your individual needs to help you prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome.