Metabolic Syndrome - Solutions
Okay, so you've read my link on Metabolic Syndrome and think
you may have it. Or maybe you want to avoid dealing with it and its
destructive force on your testosterone and erectile strength? Either way,
this is nasty stuff and below I give you many research-based solutions to prevent or even eliminate
its hold on your life. Science has come so far in its understanding of
Metabolic Syndrome that there is simply no reason to let it take out your heart,
brain and penis.
Below are 20 solutions to prevent and defeat Metabolic Syndrome. Put these all together and you
have handily defeated what is probably Pubic Enemy Number One. (Yes, I meant Pubic.)
1) Magnesium. Magnesium is one of the
few supplements that I would recommend for most people and one of the reasons is
the close relationship
between Magnesium and Metabolic Syndrome.
Low Fat (or Ornish) Diet. A
Low Fat or (Ornish) Diet will lower blood
pressure, dramatically decrease
cholesterol and even clean out your arteries. In short, it will reverse
almost every negative aspect
of Metabolic Syndrome. Please read this link on a
Low Fat or (Ornish) Diet
for more details.
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3) Exercise had done very well in defeating
Metabolic Syndrome. For example, one study of sedentary but healthy
subjects with Metabolic Syndrome resulted in "30.5% (32 participants) [who] were
no longer classified as having the metabolic syndrome after the exercise
training. Among the 32 participants who improved their metabolic profile, 43%
decreased triglycerides, 16% improved HDL cholesterol, 38% decreased blood
pressure, 9% improved fasting plasma glucose, and 28% decreased their waist
circumference."  In other words, even without any dieting or even baseline
dietary changes, exercise made very significant improvements in a large number
4) Being Overweight is another huge risk factor for insulin resistance
and Metabolic Syndrome. In fact, recent research shows that fat tissue is
the number one cause of insulin resistance.  The reason? When
you get fat enough, macrophages (white blood cells) actually move in and take
residence in your fat and begin to pump out pro-inflammatory cytokines and this
inflammation response leads to the nasty insulin resistance that causes so many
problems. The good news is that the same study  showed that
participants that dropped the pounds sent the macrophages running out of their
fatty tissues and reversed their insulin resistance (and diabetes) risk. I advise reading my link on
How to Lose Weight the Right Way, as
you can easily depress your testosterone levels if you are not careful.
5) Vinegar and Cinnamon. Both vinegar and cinnamon  help with glucose and
insulin metabolism. Try to include a tablespoon or two of vinegar prior to
any meal with a significant amount of carbs. Read about
How Vinegar Can
Help Keep the Pounds and Decrease Insulin and Glucose. Remember:
Anything that blunts the glucose spike that occurs after a meal should also
blunt the insulin spike as well. CAUTION: There is a certain type of
"mock" cinnamon (Cassia) commonly sold in stores that has significant amounts a liver and kidney
toxin called couramin. You only want to buy true cinnamon, which is Ceylon
6) Whole Grains. Whole grains lower insulin resistance simply because they
are broken down by our digestive systems more slowly and thus spike blood sugar
much less. Several studies have shown that Whole Grains lower insulin
resistance.  See this link on
Grains for more details.
7) Saturated Fats and Total Fats. Researchers have used a high fat diet  and
saturated fats  (on animals) to induce insulin resistance! That's how
potent these are at generating Metabolic Disorder symptoms. You definitely want to
keep saturated fats and total fat to a minimum unless you are going to be
8) Fish Oil. Many studies have shown that fish oil protects against
9) Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is one of the hallmarks of
Metabolic Syndrome and there are excellent strategies to lower your blood
pressure. See this link on
How to Lower Your Blood Pressure for details.
10) Mediterranean Diet with Nuts.
The Mediterranean Diet
probably help with erectile dysfunction is that a recent study  found to
Metabolic Syndrome .
Metabolic Syndrome is a set of conditions (high blood pressure, insulin
resistance, poor lipids, etc.) that plague Western societies. There are
several interesting things about this study. First of all, the
participants were seniors, all of whom were at risk for heart disease including
about two thirds who already had developed
Metabolic Syndrome . The study found
that the Metabolic Syndrome was actually reversed for 14% of the participants.
(NOTE: Nuts were also a part of the most succesful cohort in this study.)
11) Juvenon. This is a supplement that is basically a combination
of Acetyl-L-Carnitine, the mitochondria booster, and ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid),
the powerful antioxidant. One study showed a nice reduction in blood pressure in
those with Metabolic Syndrome of 139 to 130. 
12) Alpha-lipoic Acid. Alpha-lipoic acid, one of the components of
Juvenon, has been shown in a study to
improve insulin resistance. 
13) Testosterone. Researchers castrated rats which made them much more
insulin resistant.  They then administered supplemental testosterone which
helped reverse the insulin sensitivity resulting from castration. This, of
course, implies that testosterone plays a strong role in both insulin resistance
and sensitivity. Again, see my link on
How to Improve Testosterone
Naturally or Testosterone Therapy for ways
to boost your testosterone. Also, one well-known HRT clinic has actually
reversed ALL of their Type II diabetics. In other words, all of their
patients with Type II diabetes have been able to get off of insulin by simply
raising their testosterone into the 800-1000 ng/dl range!
14) Stress. Stress has been associated with Metabolic Syndrome.
Stress negatively affects hormones (cortisol and testosterone) and leads to
behaviors such as increased smoking and drinking and decreased exercise. 
15) Black Tea. Tea, like cinnamon and vinegar, seems to dampen the
post-meal glucose and insulin responses according to
one study.  The
research is new but looks very promising: tea was actually found to mimic the Diabetes drugs
Precose and Glyset. Again, this is a rather conusing result to many, because the the
school of thought has always been that caffeine causes significant sugar spikes
not amerliorations of the same.
dark chocolate improved insulin sensitivity.  Of course, the
secret is not the sugar or milk - it's the cacao, which is one of the staples of the ultra heart healthy
Eating a small bar per day (dark only) is a heart healthy idea.
17) Sleep. Studies have shown that
lack of sleep leads
to greatly reduced glucose clearance, i.e. you become much more
and your immunity is whacked.  In
one recent study
scientists placed 11 participants in a closed environment where
and physical activity could be carefully controlled. The researchers
found that as those in the study
went from 8.5 hours of sleep to 5.5 hours, their blood sugar was significantly
higher and their insulin resistance significantly worse. 
2009 study found
that men put on a high-fructose (200 g/day) diet significantly increased the
number of men with metabolic syndrome (and their blood pressure). In addition, putting them on a uric acid blocker almost eliminated the increase. 
You don't need to worry about the small amount of fructose in fruit: 200 g
is a LOT of fructose. But you should definitely limit sweets and cokes and
anything with a substantial amount of sugar or corn syrup.
High-Intensity Training. If you can take the pain, High-Intensity Training, a close relative of
Interval Training, has also been shown to do a nice job of
lowering insulin levels. Intensity is a technical term that basically
refers to the amount of effort in a certain amount of time or the amount of
"sweat and burn" the exercise induces. Researchers put (female) participants on a repeated cyle of
"sprinting" on a stationary bike for 12 seconds and then pedaling much more
slowly for 12 seconds and so on for twenty minutes three times per week. 
This very minimal amount of exercise significantly reduced insulin levels.
20) Leucine / Branched Amino Acids (BCAA's). Leucine is the heavy-hitter amino
in Brached Chain Amino Acid supplements and is responsible for many of the
muscle-building effects of whey. And it turns out that leucine may be one
of your potent weapons for fighting insulin resistance and prediabetes.
See my link on
Branched Chain Amino Acids for
21) Sugary and Sweet Drinks. It will probably come as no surprise
that these have been found to accelerate Metabolic Syndrome (and type II
diabetes).  Of course, it could't have anything to do with the extra
fructose and empty calories...
22) Coffee. Many men do not know that coffee has a strong
"glucose-limiting" compound in it and supplement manufacturers have pulled out
and put into an extract due to its potency. This is one of the reasons that
coffee can so be so healthful for some men and several studies have shown its
ability to put the brakes on Metabolic Syndrome. 
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