The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of the most dangerous heart attack risk factors:
- raised fasting
- plasma glucose
- abdominal obesity
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
40% of the world's population have metabolic syndrome. (International Diabetes Federation) It's causes are: genetics, lifestyle, physical inactivity, pro-inflammatory state and chronic high carbohydrate intake.
From Dr Robert Lustig, “Your don't die of obesity; you die of the disease that “travel” with it. It's these metabolic decompensations that make obesity the scourge that it is. Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and dementia – the things that kill you are collectively packaged under the concept of 'metabolic syndrome.' Obesity is just a marker. 40% of people with Metabolic Syndrome are not obese. Thin people can be insulin resistant too."
"Metabolic syndrome starts as your body accumulates energy (carbohydrates), storing it in the liver and in visceral (organ) fat tissue. This makes the liver insulin resistant, which starts metabolic dysfunction – a detrimental cascade of effects that damages every organ in the body. High insulin, High Lipids, High blood pressure.” Once again -
- Poor nutrition
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Too much stress for too long.
- Four kinds of food cause the liver to work so hard because these four items cause havoc in the body.
- Trans -fats -- partially hydrogenated oils
- Branched-chain amino acids – These amino acids are in high concentration in corn so every animal fed on corn is a potential contributor. Our body needs these amino acids but not in excess. The excess are burned for energy in the liver. If you are a body builder, you use them up. If you are not, they make the liver work overtime and they are turned into fat.
- Alcohol – High glucose content
- Fructose – It is sweet and it is everywhere, especially for our children and even babies. The key thing to realize, is that while every cell in the body can use glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts.