Metabolic Syndrome, also known as Syndrome X, is a cluster disorder that
substantially increases your chances of developing Cardiovascular Disease. There
is a growing body of scientific evidence that identifies Metabolic Syndrome,
with its underlying causes of obesity, physical inactivity and genetic factors,
as a powerful risk factor for heart attacks, stroke and Type 2 Diabetes.
Metabolic Syndrome is characterized by the following symptoms: excessive fat
tissue in and around the abdominal area, blood fat disorders (high
triglycerides, increased LDL "bad" cholesterol and lowered HDL "good"
cholesterol), high blood pressure, Insulin Resistance or Glucose Intolerance and
Prothrombotic or Proinflammatory States.
The American Heart Association estimates that 20-25% of the adult population in
the U.S. has Metabolic Syndrome – somewhere between 58 and 73 million people (1).
This syndrome was identified in 1988 by Dr. Gerald Reaven of Stanford
University. But only in recent years have researchers begun long-term studies to
identify the complex interactions of Metabolic Syndrome on human physiology. The
initial research results are alarming.
In a Louisiana State University study, researchers found those who suffer from
Metabolic Syndrome are at a significantly greater risk of dying from a heart
attack than people who are free of the condition (2). The study, conducted over a
15-year period, found that men who had the condition were from 2.9 to 4.2 times
more likely to die of a heart attack.
Obesity is at epidemic levels in this country and it is a key causative factor
in Metabolic Syndrome. In turn, Insulin Resistance is being increasingly
identified as an underlying cause of obesity.
Insulin Resistance prevents the efficient conversion of food into energy because
of a vastly reduced number of insulin receptor sites on your cells. It's been
estimated that a typical healthy person has 20,000 insulin receptor sites per
cell, while the average overweight individual can have as few as 5,000. If you
have a greatly reduced number of insulin receptor sites on the cells' surface,
your ability to lose weight is severely compromised.
Insulin acts as a "key in a lock", allowing glucose to pass through the cell
wall and be converted to energy. If you have too few receptor sites, glucose bounces
off the cell wall instead of passing through the insulin "door". Glucose remains
in the blood stream, causing elevated levels of blood sugar, which are sent to
the liver. Once there, the sugar is converted into fat and stored via the blood
stream throughout the body. This process can lead to weight gain and obesity.
Free-floating insulin can damage the lining of the arteries and contribute to
atherosclerosis, which is characterized by a dangerous build up of plaque on the
In addition, the imbalance of glucose and insulin can lead to a greater risk of
developing heart disease because it causes increased levels of triglycerides,
which are fat-storing substances carried through the blood stream to the
tissues. As your weight increases, stressors build up on the entire
cardiovascular system. The heart and lungs, for example, have to work harder to
distribute an adequate amount of freshly-oxygenated blood throughout the body.
In addition to the increase in triglycerides, there is a lowering of "good" HDL
cholesterol, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Increased insulin and glucose levels in those suffering from Metabolic Syndrome
have also been proven to cause changes in the kidneys' ability to remove salt
and increase the risk of blood clot formation. All of these are key factors in
developing Cardiovascular Dsease, heart attacks and stroke.
Unbalanced glucose and insulin levels also lay the foundation for Type 2
Diabetes by raising blood sugar to dangerous levels. Recent research has
additionally shown that high levels of glucose and insulin may also prompt
abnormal cell growth, implicating it as the cause of certain cancers.
Growing scientific evidence demonstrates the additional risk factors for those
with Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X). Research by Philadelphia's Thomas
Jefferson University found that men with this disorder had a 78% greater chance
of having a stroke than those free of the condition. Women had a 50%
greater risk (3). Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United
A study by Duke Medical Center found that people with Metabolic Syndrome, who
made lifestyle modifications by exercising and losing weight, had a 47%
reduction in insulin overproduction, also known as hyperinsulinemia, which is
caused by Insulin Resistance (5). Those who exercised but didn't lose weight saw a
Another important fact to emerge from the Duke Medical Center study was
expressed by the study's lead author, Lana Watkins, who wrote: "A
non-pharmacologic treatment for these patients is needed, since drugs prescribed
to lower blood pressure have been shown to actually worsen carbohydrate and
lipid metabolism in Syndrome X patients, negating the beneficial effects of
those drugs." (6)
A systematic approach is needed to address all the components of these disorders. Simply put, taking a pill every day won't begin to effect the changes that are necessary if you hope to correct these conditions.
Insulite Laboratories concluded that a carefully balanced combination of natural treatment options needed to be developed to address Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome. But no one had yet developed a complete system for patients suffering from these two conditions, so Insulite Laboratories created the Insulite Metabolic Syndrome System.
The Duke Medical Center study recommended non-pharmacological treatment. And the nutraceuticals (all natural disease-specific vitamins, minerals and herbs) that the Insulite System uses can effect substantial metabolic change.
Losing weight alone will not reverse either
Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance – a complete system, including a
realistic exercise program and nutritional guidance, is needed. Insulite Laboratories wanted to
develop a system that included all of those components, while
providing the kind of support and outreach which research has proven are the
most effective methods for achieving permanent results.
The exercise program and nutritional plan are not only necessary components of
the Insulite System but also realistic and easy-to-follow. The underlying
theories are based on well-recognized and accepted science that reprograms
neural networks and replaces old, sedentary habits with gradual and permanent
Please, begin today to address these conditions. Your health matters, both to
you and your loved ones. Put yourself back on the path to optimum well being.