If you answer YES to 3 or more of these questions, you need the 12-week Syndrome X Eating Plan – “Can’t Lose Weight? Unlock the Secrets that Keep you Fat” book which includes the diet and recipes to help with this syndrome.
What is Syndrome X?
- Excess Weight You most likely have excess weight in the abdominal area so that you may have a “pot belly” and a roll of fat around the upper abdomen. This is called a “liver roll”. You may also have excess fat in other parts of your body.
- Hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels) Syndrome X is a metabolic disorder associated with high blood levels of the hormone insulin.
- Fatigue Obesity and insulin resistance can cause fatigue, so it is important to combat this symptom with diet and supplements to increase energy levels.
What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas gland.
What does it do?
Its action is to put blood sugar (glucose) into the muscle and fat cells where it is used to make energy.
What is insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia?
Insulin resistance leads to the high levels of insulin which cause Syndrome X. Many people in today’s society are resistant to the action of the insulin – that is, it is unable to carry the blood sugar into the cell as it should – the cell is said to be ‘resistant’ to the action of the insulin. This means that the pancreas is forced to pump out higher and higher amounts of the hormone insulin to compensate for this resistance. Over time, high levels of insulin build up in the blood stream leading to the condition known as “hyperinsulinemia” or elevated insulin.
What causes Insulin Resistance (IR)?
What is the effect of IR on the female reproductive system?
In many females insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (high levels of insulin) stimulate the ovaries to produce androgens (male hormone) and the androgens may exacerbate the collection of symptoms known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. (See PCOS for information on this condition) This interaction of excessive insulin production and excess male hormone is believed to play a role in the lack of ovulation in susceptible women. Absent periods can be a result. Many women with this condition have trouble with fertility. The excessive male hormones are also associated with symptoms such as excess facial and body hair, sometimes adult acne, hair loss from the temples and the crown (male pattern baldness).
Other effects of high levels of insulin
High insulin levels are often associated with high blood sugar levels. Indeed a patient may be pre-diabetic or have type 2 diabetes. Even though the insulin levels are higher than normal, the insulin does not work efficiently because the body cells are resistant to its effect. The insulin does not work effectively to bring down the high blood sugar levels.
Is it common?
Do men suffer with Syndrome X?
Who suffers from Fatty Liver and Syndrome X?
Fatty liver is very common in populations where fast food and refined food is easily available. The food keeps getting faster and faster and we keep getting slower and slower! It is more common in women over 40 years of age, and in males with a sedentary occupation. It can affect people of all ages, and is not rare in adolescents and young children.
Why can’t people with Syndrome X lose weight?
Victims of Syndrome X cannot lose weight because of 2 reasons –
- Their liver is storing fat, when it should be burning fat. In other words they suffer with a dysfunctional liver. A healthy liver is able to burn fat and pump excess fat out of the body through the bile. In those with a fatty liver the reverse happens so they just keep on getting fatter, especially around the abdomen.
- The high levels of insulin make them very hungry.
- Take 2 capsules twice daily – Gymnema sylvestre and bitter melon with chromium picolinate, lipoic acid, carnitine fumarate, selenium, magnesium, manganese and zinc make an excellent formula to help balance blood sugar levels.
- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily in water or raw juice, or 2 capsules twice daily to assist with fat burning and support of liver function and detoxification.
- Take 1 capsule twice daily with meals. Berberine helps to improve insulin sensitivity, thereby helping to reduce elevated insulin levels.
- Take 1 tablet twice daily – Selenium helps the liver to deal with fats in the body and then export them via the bile for elimination.
- Use as a meal or snack. Slimming Protein powder for Syndrome X is an ideal smoothie or can be sprinkled over cereals or desserts to increase their protein content.
You must eat a diet that is high in protein and low in saturated fat and carbohydrates. The eating plan in “Can’t Lose Weight? Unlock the Secrets that Keep you Fat” book . This is an excellent starting guide for low carb, dairy free recipes, which are good for the liver. The book is also a wealth of information on Syndrome X and its associated symptoms and gives you a lot of information on the correct strategy to overcome the imbalance. You need to limit starchy and sugary carbohydrates and include protein at every meal. Good sources of protein are legumes, seeds, raw nuts, lean red fresh meats, all seafood, eggs. A fruit breakfast for example would not be recommended for an overweight person with Syndrome X – this is too much simple carbohydrate without protein.
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Benefits of Exercise
Studies on patients who exercise suggest that the exercise prompts the transport of the GLUT4 structures to the outer edge of the cell, which facilitates the entry of glucose into the cell, regardless of insulin resistance. Additionally, this factor appears to last for several days after exercise.