diet-398612_1920Metabolic Syndrome, arguably the “epidemic of the century”, is the name given to a general disorder characterized by four hallmark symptoms:

  • Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar) An excess of glucose in the bloodstream
  • Hyperlipidemia (Fat in the bloodstream)
  • High Blood Pressure and
  • Central Obesity

The late Gerald Reaven MD (Professor of Medicine at Stanford University) was the first person to use the term and to show a link between the hyper secretion of insulin and subsequent insulin resistance and these four hallmark symptoms.Pharmacological treatment of the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome never affects a cure, and many times will exacerbate the symptoms. Doctors commonly prescribe medications to help the pancreas produce even more insulin, give drugs to increase insulin receptor sensitivity or even give insulin directly in an attempt to regulate the blood glucose levels of these patients. This is a “Catch 22” situation because while the insulin receptors on muscle cells may be resistant and require increased amounts of the hormone to effect glucose uptake, other tissues and organs retain their sensitivity to insulin and prolonged exposure to high levels of the hormone invariably will lead to complications.We believe that Metabolic Syndrome is a problem caused by food (too many carbohydrates, i.e. sugar) and the treatment is food. When we put patients on the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, which is a ketogenic diet, we immediately decrease insulin levels and many symptoms quickly improve. Moreover, by keeping insulin levels low, we now allow the cells to regain their sensitivity to insulin and the pancreas’ production of insulin returns to normal.salad-791643_1920Start your new year off right and let Graham Rehabilitation and Wellness Center help you get rid of that excess weight you’ve been carrying to decrease your chances of having metabolic syndrome.Call us to set up your evaluation consultation now and be ready to start the new year as a healthier new you!Lori LinnIdeal Protein Coach