Hello everyone! In today’s article, we’ll be talking the truth about metabolic syndrome!
01_ What Is Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)?
The myth of metabolic syndrome, also call Syndrome X, and that’s a combination of several conditions’ central abdominal fat blood pressure glucose levels are starting to go up we have high triglycerides with insulin resistance for sure and also we have a higher levels of insulin in the blood it’s called hyper insulinemia an association with an increased amount of uric acid we automatically associate metabolic syndrome with something really bad it’s a disease that you get and doctors are going to put you a lot of medications there’s going to be a lot of testing and it’s very complex and no one really knows what causes it.
But, today, I’m going to give you a completely new viewpoint on metabolic syndrome as it relates to a type of sugar called fructose now what I believe metabolic syndrome really is it’s a protective mechanism now if we look at our history as a hunter-gatherer Down The evolutionary Trail humans did eat fruit and they did eat honey not very often which has a really good amount of fructose okay so I want to just talk about fructose for a second it’s a unique type of sugar and when you consume glucose there’s receptors all over your body that can metabolize glucose but fructose is different the liver is really the only place where your body can metabolize fructose.
And there’s some very unique things about fructose that relate to this topic that I’m going to talk about number one it’s a lot more lipogenic which means that it produces more fat than other types of sugar also fructose enhances the fat genes much more than glucose and other sugars if you just think about fructose for a minute and what would be this survival benefit of consuming some fructose you know infrequently in the past as we’re trying to survive in our environment food did not come very easily and anytime that you had some fruit or honey it was a survival thing and so.
This really aligns with what fructose does in the body number one it retains sodium now what would be the survival mechanism for that well way back in time we did not have a lot of salt available in our diets we had animal meat there were some plants we pretty much ate anything we could and apparently if we look at some interesting differences between way back then and now we ate a lot less salt back then or sodium because it just wasn’t available and so sodium does help retain fluid and water and prevents dehydration and so one thing that fructose does is it helps you retain sodium and sodium chloride salt which connects to sodium so way back then when we had fruit and honey we could retain more fluid and prevent dehydration.
In fact, fructose stimulates this hormone called vasopressin which is called the antidiuretic hormone so it prevents the loss of fluid from the body it helps you retain fluid so this is a survival mechanism now if we take a look at what else we did way back then compared to now we consumed a lot more potassium from just vegetation plants things like that compared to now the average person consumes about one and a half cups of vegetables so that doesn’t give us much potassium so nowadays we have a lot of sodium and very low amounts of potassium very different from in the past.
Another interesting thing about fructose is it causes sodium sensitivity what’s the advantage of that survival wise well if you can make sodium more sensitive you can absorb it more it goes in your body it can be retained more and another benefit of holding this sodium is to help you increase blood pressure because one of the really important things in the past was you don’t want to end up with low blood pressure because you don’t have enough sodium because we need to maintain the same amount of pressure to push the nutrients and the oxygen throughout our body including our brain.
The next thing is abdominal obesity what would be the survival mechanism of that well we’re storing fuel for another day that’s what fat is it’s a survival mechanism and we have a lot of extra space in our bellies right it’s almost an unlimited amount of space well it’s not completely unlimited but you can store a tremendous amount of stored energy in your midsection so that would be a survival mechanism during lean times now of course nowadays we consume a bit more fructose than we did in the past right I mean fruits are available 24 7 every day of the Year honey is also available and also other types of fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup we’re actually drinking our fructose.
Now, well, even table sugar is like 50 fructose so fructose is pretty much everywhere now what about this other thing with insulin resistance is there any survival mechanism with that there sure is number one insulin resistance helps protect against the toxicity of glucose because it makes receptors for insulin very resistant so you can’t absorb as much glucose into the cell because if there’s too much glucose that’s going to be toxic and it’s a way to protect you against both glucose and insulin and along with insulin resistance there’s another thing that happens that helps you survive and that’s called gluconeogenesis that’s production of new sugar that doesn’t involve a carbohydrate.
When people are a pre-diabetic and they have insulin resistance they actually make more glucose but it’s not coming from the diet it just their liver is just making more glucose from other sources and this is behind the dawn phenomena this is where you wake up in the morning and all of a sudden you have high blood glucose but maybe you didn’t have any glucose tonight before it just means that you have insulin resistance and the liver makes more glucose because of it and this is what you see in diabetes as well you have a diabetic with high blood glucose a certain portion of that is not coming from the sugar they’re eating it’s coming from the liver producing a lot of sugar what is the survival mechanism of gluconeogenesis.
Well, number one it helps you protect against hypoglycemia because your brain depends partially on glucose which can be made by your body and in times when there’s not a lot of glucose available this extra added gluconeogenesis can help the brain during survival modes but of course nowadays it’s gotten out of control right because we’re having way too much sugar and we have way too much gluconeogenesis now the next point I want to bring up is uric acid you probably already know that when you consume fructose you spike your uric acid now what is a connection survival wise with uric acid well number one it’s a potent antioxidant.
So, from that Viewpoint it protects you against oxidation oxidation of what well fructose which is a type of sugar that kind of oxidizes the inside of the arteries and it creates a lot of damage unless there’s some protective factors that are connected to it one being uric acid but uric acid is a good predictor of high blood pressure and heart disease so uric acid tends to increase blood pressure what’s the survival mechanism of that well like I said before when you don’t have enough sodium okay we’re going to end up with low blood pressure and that is not a good survival mix so the uric acid comes in there to help increase the blood pressure under conditions of low sodium.
So in the past uric acid was one way to raise the blood pressure of course nowadays when you have a lot of fructose and a lot of salt that creates a huge problem with uric acid very pathogenic uric acid also directly makes salt more sensitive nowadays when someone’s salt sensitive we tell people to restrict their salt but what they really should do is restrict their fructose and increase that other mineral that I mentioned called potassium.
Potassium is something that our body has evolved with way back in the past we used to eat a lot more of it than we do now and so as long as you have higher amounts of potassium you can handle a lot more sodium and it just happens that more potassium lowers blood pressure very nicely so when we talk about blood pressure you know we’re not necessarily avoiding fructose what do we do we avoid salt diets right so very simply just understanding these mechanisms you can very easily control your blood pressure by increasing potassium getting rid of the sugars especially fructose and as far as sodium goes as long as you have enough potassium you have like a two to one ratio twice as much potassium as sodium you’re going to be totally fine.
Another thing about uric acid it’s involved with the immune inflammation reaction as it can help fight off infections things like that in the past we use that as a survival mechanism nowadays if we have too much uric acid we get inflammation throughout our bodies especially in the big toe and that’s called gout now another really interesting survival thing is just the storage of fat and the storage of glucose as glycogen right glycogen is is stored glucose what’s interesting about this as it relates to water in times of survival when we didn’t have enough water believe it or not as we burned our fat glycogen can make water.
In fact, just a little over one gram like 1.1 gram of fat when it’s burned produces one gram of water which is interesting so that’s going to be a survival mechanism to help against dehydration but also glycogen so if you envision these string of glucose molecules connected together they’re connected together with a lot of water so for every one gram of glucose that you burn you release a 3.5 grams of water so you’re releasing a lot of available water when you burn up this glucose as glycogen now in the past when we consumed fructose um it always came with a bunch of antioxidants because we ate fruit and of course the fruit wasn’t as sweet as it is now.
But, fruit generally has antioxidants and antioxidants protect against the oxidative damage of the fructose it gets rid of the complications of just high sugar and this is why a diabetic will have much less problems if they actually also have the antioxidants connected with that sugar versus the refined sugars where you’re just doing high fructose corn syrup and you’re drinking it related to antioxidants I’m going to just touch on vitamin C which is interesting vitamin C has a very similar chemistry to both glucose and fructose and so the more glucose and fructose you consume the more vitamin C is required one is it helps protect the immune system.
Another point is that it helps to get rid of oxidative damage from the high glucose vitamin C can even inhibit the burning of fat as well so it can actually help you survive because it slows down to a certain degree fat oxidation or fat burning now what I’m not saying is avoiding vitamin C because it’s going to help you lose weight that’s not how it works the point I’m making is the vitamin C in the fruit is protective against that fructose.
02_ What Causes Metabolic Syndrome?
When you study metabolic syndrome and you look at what they say is a cause they said overeating it could be obesity stress a lack of exercise age and when you really understand this you’re going to be less susceptible to just going oh let’s just treat each part of this with a different drug which makes no sense whatsoever.
So, if you have problems with sodium if you have problems with your midsection if you have problems with high blood pressure if you have problems with uric acid fructose is what you need to avoid and, in all forms, as well.
03_ Learn More About The Best Diet For Metabolic Syndrome And Other Health Concerns!
If you want a “Complete Diet To Know Exactly What To Eat To Reverse A Lot Of The Problems” that you might have, I would definitely that you read my other article. Check it out!