Lack of proper nutrition may be linked to 90 percent of all physical ailments. *
The biggest epidemic in America may be the lack of nutrients
that comes from excess sugar consumption and
makes the body susceptible to metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of health problems in
one person. Although doctors don’t completely understand
its cause, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) appears
to be a likely suspect. This sweetener shows up in most
processed foods and drinks.
Recent evidence suggests a large amount of HFCS in
the diet might alter your metabolism in a way that
increases the risk for illnesses that make up “metabolic
Studies Back HFCS Theory in Illnesses
In one study of more than 6,000, people who drank at
least one soft drink each day had a higher risk for developing
health problems compared with people who did not.
Some scientists think the main culprit is the high-fructose
corn syrup sweetener in these drinks.
Another study found women who had one or more
sugary drinks a day were almost twice as likely to develop
diabetes as women who did not.
HFCS Depletes Body’s Nutrients
High fructose corn syrup depletes the body’s ability to
deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and causes
many functions in the body to come to a standstill.
HFCS can contribute to diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity
and cardiovascular disease. It also triggers resistance to
insulin, the cause of type 2 diabetes.
Other problems that occur when the body is forced to
process large amounts of HFCS can be fatty liver, high
blood pressure, artery disease, kidney troubles and high
uric acid levels — the health problems that make up
New Choices Can End Metabolic Syndrome
Dietitian Gale Maleskey reports pre-diabetes, a symptom
of metabolic syndrome, can be reversed with con centrated
effort on several fronts. She offers the following
- Exercise. Sustained low-to-moderate aerobic exercise is
best. Work up to about 45 minutes, six days a week.
Exercise reduces insulin resistance in muscle cells and
lowers blood sugar levels. It also helps you to lose weight
and keep it off.
- Cut back on sugar and refi ned carbohydrates. Instead,
eat reasonable-size portions, lots of vegetables, salads,
and fresh, broiled fish, fruit for dessert, and olive oil as
the main fat.
- Take supplements. Chromium is an essential mineral
that can significantly improve glucose tolerance and
even increase the number of insulin receptors on cells.
Magnesium: In one study, people who got the most
magnesium (most took supplements) cut their risk for
pre-diabetes by about 30 percent. Magnesium also is
associated with lower blood pressure and triglycerides,
smaller waist circumference and higher HDL cholesterol.
Vitamin D: Low blood levels of vitamin D interfere with
the proper function of insulin-producing cells.
Fish oil: Fish oil improves insulin sensitivity and lowers
Biotin: This B vitamin also enhances insulin sensitivity.
Take biotin as part of a high-B complex or multivitamin.
“Think of pre-diabetes as an early warning signal,” said
Maleskey. “Exercise, dietary changes and nutritional supplements
can all help you keep your blood sugar