Syndrome X: The Sugar Disease
October 14, 2008 by Bob Livingston
All the chronic diseases of aging thread their roots back to sugar consumption. Of all the species, the human race has a very high proclivity to sugar addiction and sugar dependence. Doctors will issue a bag full of prescription drugs and never once say “stay off of all sugar.”
What is sugar? Sugar is any substance that has a glycemic index. Any food or substance that has a glycemic index can disturb insulin balance in the body.
It follows then that the more sugar or carbohydrate consumption, the more insulin balance is disturbed. Any sugar or any food or any substance out of which the body can make sugar directly affects insulin balance.
There are many, many ways to disguise sugar or divert one’s attention from sugar. Most supermarket manufactured foods are loaded with sugar usually in small print. The big diverter, “low fat” or “no fat” is nearly always in bold or set out in a box or different color on the label.
The manufacturers know that the public has been thoroughly programmed against fat consumption. So if they print “no fat,” the customer is drawn to the product most often loaded with sugar.
Sugar is now not only used as a sweetener but as a filler to build volume in “food product.” High fructose corn syrup, a major ingredient, is an extremely sweet filler widely used and deadly to insulin balance.
And would you believe that the only product with no glycemic index is outlawed by the FDA as a sweetener-stevia! Stevia does not disturb insulin but due to FDA regulations, it cannot be marketed as a sweetener, only as a dietary supplement.
Now, let’s talk about just one chronic disease that traces back to sugar consumption. Syndrome X-60 to 75 million Americans have it and according to Dr. Gerald Reaven, M.D., discoverer of Syndrome X, it is the number one predictor of heart disease.
And that good diet prescribed by your cardiologist can be deadly. If you have Syndrome X, carefully dieting to lower your total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol won’t solve your problem. In fact, it may make a heart attack even more likely.
Syndrome X is a very quiet malady that interferes with the ability of insulin to move glucose (sugar) into certain cells for later use. Unknown millions of heart attacks have been caused by the failure of insulin to do its job.
Insulin resistance is at the heart of Syndrome X. This is why simply lowering HDL and LDL cholesterol won’t solve the problem as is universally prescribed by American physicians.
About 25 to 30 percent of Americans are resistant to their own insulin. This means that greater amounts of insulin are required to get the job done. Unfortunately, excess insulin is the first in a series of events to trigger damage to the lining of the coronary arteries that eventually precipitates a heart attack.
Therefore, more carbohydrates (sugar) equals more glucose, equals more insulin, equals the formula for disaster. For each 30 percent elevation in insulin levels, there is a 70 percent increase in risk of heart disease over a five-year period.
Syndrome X or insulin resistance is a cluster of abnormalities that is directly related to heart disease but seems to be unknown to the medical establishment.
According to Dr. Gerald Reaven, M.D., in his book Syndrome X, The Silent Killer, he outlines the complete list of heart disease risk factors for people with Syndrome X. This list includes known risk factors for heart disease including the risk factors for Syndrome X-important!
Syndrome X Risk Factors:
- Impaired glucose tolerance.
- High insulin levels (hyperinsulinemia).
- Elevated triglycerides (blood fats).
- Low HDL “good” cholesterol.
- Slow clearance of fat from the blood (exaggerated postprandial lipemia).
- Smaller, denser LDL “bad” cholesterol particles.
- Increased propensity of the blood to form clots.
- Decreased ability to dissolve blood clots.
- Elevated blood pressure.
Lifestyle factors that worsen Syndrome X:
- Lack of physical activity
- The wrong diet
- Cigarette smoking
- High intake of sugar/carbohydrates
The additional independent risk factor is higher than normal LDL cholesterol.
Notice the differences. The Syndrome X heart disease risk factor list includes the rate at which fat clears from the blood, not just the amount of fat in the blood. It also considers the formation and clearance of blood clots, and the physical characteristics of LDL cholesterol (not just the amount). The very important lifestyle factor mentioned above is high consumption of sugar or carbohydrates.
Heart attacks are two to three times more likely to happen after a high carbohydrate meal and are specifically NOT likely after a high-fat meal. Why? Because the immediate effect of raising blood sugar from sugar or a high carbohydrate meal is a rise in insulin. This causes arterial spasm and constriction of the arteries triggering heart attacks.
Substitute stevia for sugar as much as you can. Too much sugar consumption leads to the body’s overproduction of insulin. This is the basis of the chronic disease of aging and Syndrome X.
Ignorance of sugar guarantees more and more degenerative disease, oppression, and more murder and suffering at the hands of government, the pharmaceutical and medical cartels. Ignorance of sugar is the absolute foundation of economic collapse nationally and financial poverty individually. Ignorance of sugar is at the root of social breakdown and a drugged society, broken homes and the forcing of drugs on school children.
The sugar disease is the biochemical basis of all degenerative disease, especially heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
Why are we not being told about sugar? Because it would mean far better and widespread health and happiness, and therefore far less trillions of dollars flowing to the medical monopoly.
Sugar is America’s number one addiction, beginning with little babies. May God liberate us from this curse that plagues the world but most especially Americans.