This is part 2 of an in depth look at Diabetes, Hyperglycemia and Syndrome X, explaining them in detail and concluding with showing how to rebuild pancreatic function – removing diabetes and the different supplements that can benefit these different types of blood sugar problems.
This article explains Syndrome X, while part 1 was about the Types of Diabetes. Diabetes or Hyperglycemia is the accumulation of too much glucose in the blood stream, because of a pancreatic insufficiency, that usually involves insufficient production of pancreatic enzyme, and some times insufficient insulin, while Syndrome X was coined by Dr Gerald Raven, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr Raven noted that there were many individuals presenting with the phenomenon of insulin resistance, yet they could not be classified type 2 diabetes. These patients were at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than the general population, so this is what he called “Syndrome X”.
Insulin and Insulin Resistance
So we understand that insulin resistance is an elevated level of insulin but it is a nonfunctional insulin, not able to pull the glucose out of the blood.
Unfortunately, insulin is essential for energy delivery and storage of hormone. The glucose circulates in the blood instead of being taken into the cells, where it can be combusted for energy production, and the excess stored for fat. As mentioned in the previous article on Diabetes, we have 3 hormones that raise blood sugar, glucagon, cortisol and adrenalin.
Professor Raven believes that insulin resistance generally develops in response to excess body weight and lack of exercise.
The 2nd part is true but the first one we already discussed that is not true. Other researchers like Bernstein MD and Rosendale point the finger to starches such as bread, pasta, bakers, chips, cookies, breakfast cereal.
To measure carbohydrates in urine, not directly but indirectly insulin resistance, I use a special test that measures dissolved solids, including simple and complex carbohydrates, and salts of varying types… if this special test result falls below 1.2 on my scale, then oxygen levels in the blood will be reduced. Which means that oxidation reactions at cell level are being interfered with, altering the balance of energy flowing in and out – at cellular level.
When this number goes above a certain level (5.49 on my scale) – oxygen levels are also reduced, although the over all effect is not the same. This actually promotes an anaerobic fermentation reaction at the cellular level.
This number in a healthy person correctly should read between 1.2 and 2 on my scale.
…The test for insulin resistance is measuring the amount of insulin in the blood which is one method but that’s not very efficient. Glucose tolerance is much more reliable.
I do both of these and 67 other tests for you, all combined in the Gold test.
If glucose registers between a 110 and 130 on fasting, this is considered glucose impaired fasting.
If the glucose 2 hours after a meal is given between 140 and 200, then we have a new condition name – Syndrome X.
So, with Syndrome X, we also have elevated triglycerides (levels of 200 and higher).
Triglycerides are fats found in the blood stream and fatty tissue, and they serve as fuel for the heart and muscles. In normal circumstances when glucose and insulin levels go back to normal, triglycerides are released back into the blood stream from the fat storage. It is a normal process in the morning when you wake up (that’s why doctors do morning triglyceride tests.)
So once you eat and your body releases insulin in response to glucose. The glucose will inhibit the release of triglycerides. In case of insulin resistance even if there is a normal to high amount of glucose in the blood stream to generate energy (but because we have the insulin, the insulin receptors are overwhelmed) not enough glucose is entering cells for energy. So triglycerides have to be released in the blood to make up for this energy deficit. Unfortunately this stimulates the liver to produce even more triglycerides and this vicious cycle continues, and this is also part of syndrome X.
At this point we have about 30% of population with syndrome X. This is why the risk of cardiovascular disease is so high in syndrome X. In addition to that, we have the elevated amount of homocysteine primarily due to a deficiency of certain vitamins necessary in the Krebs cycle.
As referenced in the previous article on Diabetes, cardiovascular disease is a top killer in North America, but is not caused by obesity and it is not caused by diabetes and is not caused by aging. The only causative factor in insulin resistance is high fat combined with high sugar diet.
So now think about all the patients with elevated blood pressure being treated with hypertensive drugs, and elevated triglycerides being treated with medication, and diabetics being treated with insulin when they already have enormous amounts of insulin (Which is itself a very dangerous hormone)
The medical establishment puts very little emphasis on the diet to correct this disease. What is very heavily emphasized is a “diabetic diet” which is very high in grains like muffins, toast, cereal, rice loaded with sugar and then some fruit and vegetables and very little meat and fat. The effects of this diet were briefly mentioned earlier.
They virtually guarantee the diabetes continuing.
But if it is too difficult to follow a diet, then we have drugs. How about some lipotor or resulin. Or some metformin. The doctor might recommend you the “low fat” diet and make sure you use the “healthy” canola oil, margarine, aspartame instead of sugar, etc (I’m being sarcastic here -make sure you never ever touch any of these chemical poisons which happen to be distributed as safe consumption foods). Sure, they try to mention a high fiber diet and exercise. Well, at least they tried!
The Death Package
High blood pressure ties in with the high triglycerides, cardio weakness, obesity – they are all linked – and often come as a package.
The answer to lower high blood pressure and break this chain is not to combine sugar, especially mixed with fat.
According to Professor Raven, to treat syndrome X you need to exercise and to lose weight. The problem comes when trying to determine the diet that will do this effectively.
As we discussed before there is the Alkalarian diet, the Atkins diet, the Sears diet, the Ornish diet, the South Beach diet, now even the Raven diet – and he says 45% carbs, 40% unsaturated fat and 15% protein, roughly 1800 calories per day.
These are all a “1 diet fits all” philosophy – which we already know from previous articles is completely incorrect.
All you can safely say is a high fat; high sugar diet is the #1 domino that leads to crashing health.
If you have any type of “condition”…
- Guessing your precise best diet is almost 100% likely to be wrong.
- Guessing your precise best diet from reading books, or articles, no matter how many is almost 100% likely to be wrong as well.
- Guessing your precise best diet from a nutritionists bell-curve and theory based advice is almost 100% likely to be wrong as well – as is the “diabetic diet”
- Talking to people who have successfully lost weight, and “modeling” them, is also almost 50-80% likely to be wrong – for you.
Now can you understand why it’s so important to get properly tested with the Gold Test which will catch frequent misdiagnoses, the actual reversible causes, and the proper diet.
Is it possible to rebuild Pancreatic Function – removing Diabetes?
…Stay tuned… because part 4 of this mini-series will cover Pancreatic Function – specifically, but first, my next article, part 3 in this series will discuss Hyperglycemia.