Obesity link to Syndrome X by Dato Dr. Rajen M

I HATE being fathttp://www.weinzettl.at/buy+coreg+carvedilol+online+discount+saturday. I am sure you do too! Actually, nobody likes being fat. It makes you look and feel bad. Being fat means some people avoid you. It also means that it will be easier for you to get a job and if you did, you are likely to be paid less. Of course, you will have low self esteem and are reminded every time you look at the mirror.

As you age, being overweight makes you more likely to fall ill and stay ill! There are many symptoms of Syndrome X but the most obvious is being overweight around the abdominal area.

Excess weight and obesity linked to Insulin Resistance are often underlying causes of the cluster of cardiovascular risk factors sometimes also called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X).

Both men and women are vulnerable to developing Syndrome X if they have at least three of the following symptoms:

  1. Excess abdominal fat - in men this means a 40 inch waist or larger, in women 35 inches or larger
  2. High blood sugar - at least 110 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
  3. High triglyceride levels - at least 150 mg/dL in the blood stream
  4. Low HDL "good" cholesterol - less than 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women.
  5. Blood pressure of 130/85 or higher

And data suggests that 1 in 5 Malaysians do. I work hard and live well not to be one of them. I hope you do too.

The process
Insulin Resistance underlies excess weight and obesity by vastly reducing the number of receptor sites on the wall of each cell. These sites act as "a key in a lock," allowing glucose to pass through the cell wall and be converted to energy. But the reduced number of receptor sites causes glucose, or sugar, to "bounce" off the cell wall and then free-float in the blood stream to the liver.

Once there, this excess glucose is converted into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body. This process often leads to obesity, a key factor in the onset of Syndrome X, which can also increase the risk of blood clot formation and reduce the kidneys' ability to remove salt from the blood. This of course, causes inflammation that damages the cardiovascular system.

A report from the Worldwatch Institute called Overfed and Underfed: The Global Epidemic of Malnutrition documented the real costs of obesity related to poor diet - and this does not include the other effects of poor diet such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, autoimmune diseases, and even osteoporosis.

Here were some of the shocking conclusions of that report:

  • Obese people account for a disproportionate share of health related absences from work.
  • Obesity accounts for 7 percent of lost productivity due to sick leave and disability.
  • 7 percent of all of North Carolina's healthcare expenditures are related to obesity.
  • Obese people visit their physicians 40 percent more than normal weight people.
  • Obese people are 2.5 times more likely to require drugs prescribed for cardiovascular and circulation disorders.
  • Liposuction is the number-one form of cosmetic surgery in the US, with 400,000 operations a year.
  • Over 100,000 people a year have gastric bypass surgery.

Costly affair
According to a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine Americans are spending about $20,000 per person for each extra year of life gained from medical interventions like drugs and surgery! That doesn't even take into account the $282 billion in costs resulting from medical interventions that go wrong - hospital infections, medical errors, deaths from drug reactions, bedsores, or unnecessary surgeries.

As these numbers prove, the costs of eating fast, junk, and processed foods are often deferred until later. And that's the key point: When you go to fast food restaurant for a cheap burger and fries, you might immediately compare that lower price to whole organic foods which are more expensive in the short term. But the total cost isn't reflected in how much you pay for your meal in the immediate moment, it's the cumulative cost of what those decisions cost you over a lifetime.

For example, when you eat unhealthy foods like these, the costs of medical visits, co-pays, prescription medications, and other health services skyrocket. There are other non-economic costs of eating poorly as well. You reduce your ability to enjoy life in the moment due to increased fatigue, low-grade health complaints, obesity, depression, and more.

The biggest advantage of eating well now is not just preventing disease and costs later, but simply enjoying each day to its fullest. You can make that happen. Eating well doesn't have to cost more.

If left unchecked, Syndrome X places a person at higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. The condition has also been linked with the onset of polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility in women, Pre-Diabetes and certain cancers, such as prostate cancer in men.

Making the change
At the present time, there is no single pill that will reverse excess weight and obesity, just as there are no pharmaceutical drugs that will heal Metabolic Syndrome. But there are ways to address Insulin Resistance, which is often the underlying cause of all these conditions.

If you wish to return to optimum health, you should consider a system that combines nutraceuticals (vitamins, herbs and minerals that are disease-specific), a realistic exercise program, nutritional guidance and a support system that will help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Enter vinyldithiins
However, research on this newer valuable compounds found in garlic is making great progress not in China or India where is popularly consumed but in the heart of Europe. Indeed, much work happens in leading agricultural universities in Belgium.

Belgian scientists have recently developed superior high yielding varieties of garlic. These new varieties yield higher actives of garlic like vinyldithiins and sulfides.

Again, these compounds which are also pungent are easily lost as they are volatile. This especially so when they are subjected to higher heat and pressures that typical extraction protocols would expect.

As such, the garlic mixture is extracted using super critical fluid extraction technology. Instead of using water or alcohol are room or higher temperatures, extraction happens at very low temperatures using liquid carbon dioxide and nitrogen. At these extremely low temperatures, where nitrogen and carbon dioxide are liquid, they are mixed with the pulverized garlic and “extracted”. As the temperature warms, the liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide basically move from liquid to gas phase. The extracted high value garlic compounds remain.

This extract is naturally rich in vinyldithiins and sulfides. Extracts rich in vinyldithiins are have recently become available in pharmacies. These vinyldithiins sulfides (particularly dillyldisulfide and triallytrisulfide) have a powerful effect in inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase - the enzyme implicated in cholesterol synthesis. Indeed, many major cholesterol lowering drugs work by also inhibiting this same enzyme.

Vinyldithiins, in particular, have strong potential as anti-thrombotic (anti clot forming agents).

In the field of molecular biology, the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are a group of nuclear receptor proteins that function as transcription factors regulating the expression of genes. PPARs play essential roles in the regulation of cellular differentiation, development, and metabolism (carbohydrate, lipid, protein), and tumorigenesis of higher organisms. PPARs have a powerful indirection on insulin and inflammation.

Vinyldithiins have the ability to affect PPARs in the liver by up to 40%. This ultimately affects the deposit of fats in the cells and in critical organs. It may also help quell inflammation and improve the overall symptoms of Syndrome X.

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