Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) is a cluster of physiological symptoms that contribute to the development of diabetes and heart disease. Some signs of MetSyn are a large waistline, obesity, high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and high fasting glucose. Some other symptoms that may be associated with MetSyn are gout and kidney stones.
Risk factors for MetSyn include a high glycemic diet, a sedentary lifestyle and a family history of diabetes. Controllable factors are diet and lifestyle. There are many ways to support a person with a familial tendency to MetSyn naturally. Health reform should always start in the kitchen. Foods that are linked to MetSyn are fast and junk food, high carbohydrate and glycemic foods. Foods that are high glycemic are white flour, white rice, white sugar, found in pasta, bread, crackers, cookies, dates etc.