Metabolic Syndrome

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Insulin resistance is fixable, and will result in enormous short and long-term health benefits – make some better choices – NOW!

 

 

First identified in 1988 by researchers at Stanford University, ‘Syndrome X’ (SX), also called ‘Metabolic Syndrome’ is a term used to describe a group of abnormal metabolic conditions in the body, which predispose the development of many of the key diseases in the Western world, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

 

Central to SX is insulin resistance (IR) – i.e. a growing lack of sensitivity by the body’s cells to the hormone insulin, which is released by the pancreas after eating foods that contain carbohydrates.  In a healthy body, insulin acts as a chemical ‘escort’, transporting the digested carbohydrates (known as glucose) from the blood into the cells for use as energy.  Once the cells energy needs have been met, any excess glucose is then converted to glycogen and stored in the liver and muscles, ready for quick conversion to meet extra energy needs.  Finally, if there is still glucose remaining in the blood, insulin will then trigger its conversion into storage as fat – as far as the body is concerned, you never know when a famine is coming and it likes to have lots in reserve!

In a state of IR however, the cells progressively lose their ability to respond to insulin.  This has a range of complex consequences throughout the whole body, but simplistically:

  • The body struggles to meet its cellular energy needs
  • More and more of the glucose present in the blood gets converted and stored as fat.

In addition, the pancreas releases more and more insulin, trying to get the glucose out of the blood, which acts to both exacerbate the reduction of cell sensitivity, plus stresses the pancreas.

So where does it all start to go wrong?

Simply put, our body is not designed to cope with the typical Western diet – high in processed, refined carbohydrates and simple sugars.  This type of diet results in quick, excessive blood/glucose ‘floods’, which in turn trigger excessive insulin release.  Over time, a little like the loss of sensitivity that sustained, excessive noise can cause in our hearing, the body’s cells become more and more desensitised to insulin.

How do we fix it? 

This can be complex, individual and will often require help from a health professional, but will always include the need to choose better food – more complex, nutrient rich, whole foods, containing a good ratio of carbohydrates, proteins and good fats.

Insulin resistance is fixable, and will result in enormous short and long-term health benefits – make some better choices – NOW!

For more information contact Judith Magee today

 

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Judith Magee is an accredited and registered Homoeopath, Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Health Educator, with post graduate training in Holistic counselling. With over 20 years spent in private practice, Judith provides safe, effective treatment for a wide range of chronic and acute conditions, combining the best of clinical experience with the latest in technology and integrative health advances.

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