The “S.A.D.” Truth About Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of at least three to five medical conditions. These indicate you are a candidate for major issues with chronic disease. Certainly as you age. Estimates are that a quarter to one-half of all American adults already show signs of this condition.

What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes are all in the mix with metabolic syndrome. Additionally, these conditions all overlap. If you have any 3 of the following conditions listed below, you are at risk of metabolic syndrome.

Abdominal Obesity

The first indicator is abdominal obesity, and means you should consider weight loss. This seems to appear more in men and is also what you might call a beer gut, spare tire, or love handles.

High Blood Pressure

The 2nd indicator is high blood pressure, the same thing as hypertension. Hypertension is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and strokes Similarly, this includes A-fib (atrial fibrillation), heart failure, vascular diseases, vision impairment, kidney diseases, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

High Blood Sugar

The third condition is high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), a blood plasma condition with an excessive amount of glucose circulating in your blood. This is what will lead to type 2 diabetes, and eventually, kidney damage, cardiovascular damage, problems with your vision, and nerve damage. As a result, you could lose toes, feet and legs due to necessary amputation.

High Serum Triglycerides

Number four is high triglycerides.  High levels of triglycerides are associated with atherosclerosis. Triglycerides are the fatty acids in blood serum. This situation is normally treated with statin drugs. Most noteworthy, widely prescribed statin drugs have many adverse side effects. These side effects may outweigh any of the benefits.

Low HDL Levels

Number five, and the last indicator, is low high-density lipoproteins. That sounds like an oxymoron. So, another way to frame it is “low” HDL levels. Lipoproteins are the particles of proteins that transport fat molecules (lipids) around the body. High HDL (High-Density Lipoproteins) is considered a good thing. This is the transport mechanism for the lipids: cholesterol, phospholipids and triglycerides. The HDL particles remove the fat molecules from the cells. Likewise, this is needed to export fat molecules. That all sounds complicated. However, the important thing to remember is that you want to have a high level of HD.

The "SAD" part is all of these conditions: the symptoms, onset of disease, ultimate diagnosis, treatments, and prescription drugs, can all be avoided. And it is pretty simple. Above all, eat whole foods and avoid the Standard American Diet (SAD).

“The Western pattern diet (WPD) or Standard American Diet (SAD) is a modern dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and High-fructose corn syrup) and high-sugar drinks.” 


Furthermore, new medical research proves the old medical dogma is wrong. Only certain fats are bad (trans fats). Red meat and saturated fats are part of healthy eating. Ironically, low-fat foods and high carbohydrate foods like grains, are the perpetrators of an overweight and overall generally sick population.

Sugars and Food Additives

Finally, sugar is a carbohydrate as well. Unfortunately, there is an unbelievable amount of hidden sugar in the Standard American Diet. It comes in the form of different additives and chemicals. This, along with trans fats, creates a serious problem for the average consumer.

So, if you are not a chemist, or do not know how to reads labels, then you will have a hard time. Hence, a trip to the grocery store can be a challenge. We suggest you forget purchasing food in a bag, box, and most cans to start.