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Syndrome X: The Villain of Health

Syndrome X is a metabolic syndrome whereby a person has met the requirements and is on the way to a heart condition. The first criterion is to have large accumulation of fat cells around the stomach, like a beer gut. People who are obese and meet two other metabolic conditions: insulin resistance, high levels of triglycerides and low density lipoproteins but low amounts of high density lipoproteins or high blood pressure are more likely to suffer from a heart attack.

Metabolic syndrome happens when a person has a sedentary lifestyle with high calorie intake. Overtime the extra calories will be converted into fat cells and stored around the liver and stomach, and lack of exercise means less opportunity to burn off the excess energy stored in the body. Coupled by the accumulation of fat deposits into blood vessels and you would have narrowing of the arteries and veins.

A diet of processed foods and high in fat and sugar, do not help with the situation. The muscles and liver become insensitive to insulin, a hormone to stimulate the intake of glucose from blood to be used or stored. It is worrying since people with risk of metabolic syndrome increases due to lack of exercise, and mainly the lack of education on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

You might not think it affects you, but syndrome X is a worldwide problem, costing health care millions of dollars, in treatment and loss of productivity. People as young as twenty-one years old are dying of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks. The lost impacts on the future generation’s productivity to support the system as the population ages; if our younger generation is succumbing to conditions that only affected old people thirty years ago, there will be insufficient people to sustain a healthy economy in twenty years time.

Rising cost of medication affects everyone; people are on more and more medications to treat various conditions, and to prolong their life (and suffering). The easiest solution is to do a complete overhaul in lifestyle and diet, but many are uncomfortable to change, choosing instead pharmaceuticals to fix the problem. Countries like Japan and France, their people suffer less from cardiovascular events. Japanese prefer to have brown rice and in small portions, while the French love their red wine in moderation. Moderation is the key to good health, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Too much alcohol, no matter from wine or beer, can cause hepatitis or fatty liver, bearing in mind alcohol contains high levels of energy.

Syndrome X may be a common syndrome affecting everyone at any age, but it is a preventable condition; many fail to see this as they indulge on foods that are low in nutrient content but high in energy levels. Maybe we should look to the East, learning from Japanese how they manage to keep their waistlines small whilst enjoying food that they love.

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