All this talk about the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes is confusing. Are these two conditions connected? Can they be prevented and/or treated?
What is the Metabolic Syndrome?
- it is now known this syndrome raises the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- has been known by several names, including insulin resistance
- it is believed to be driven by obesity
- has been defined as central obesity (abdominal) plus at least two of any of the following risk factors: high triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol, pre-diabetes, type 2, or high blood pressure
Most, but not all people with type 2 would have the metabolic syndrome, so this places you at a high risk of cardiovascular disease. If you have type 2 diabetes you should be aware of these other risk factors.
What can you do, is there a cure?
- you are the one in control of your health
- at this time there is no cure, there is no pill that will take it away. Metformin, insulin or insulin-stimulating medications do not really prevent diabetes, they only work on your blood sugar levels
- a diabetic can be produced in four days with diet change. Dr J. Shirley Sweeney back in 1927 proved this by placing volunteers on a variety of diets, which included foods high in fat. In all cases the blood-sugars were significantly raised. After placing these same people on a high carbohydrate diet, their blood-sugars dropped. Since that time many researchers have found the same results
- the ideal treatment is to find the right diet for you. One that includes vegetables, especially those that grow above ground and in the low-GI carbohydrate range, a moderate amount of animal protein, and limited amounts of fats, sugars and alcohol. This will generally help your overall diabetes control.
Another factor that is often overlooked is the ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fats; it’s not just the caloric intake. The real key to weight loss for the person with type 2 diabetes is to lower your insulin resistance. Your blood sugar levels will then be lowered along with your triglyceride level and your blood pressure. Small changes can result in major health benefits.