It’s known to doctors as the metabolic syndrome, originally called syndrome X. Recent research shows that 35% of all American adults and over 50% of adults age 60 or over have this condition. Its components are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type two diabetes. Even one in ten children has it. It’s very likely you or someone you love has it.
In the US, 50-80% of all diabetics have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are two and a half times more likely to get diabetes than people with normal blood pressure. Almost two thirds of people with high blood pressure have high cholesterol using the standard numbers. When we analyze the cholesterol using optimal numbers, the percentage is much higher. Up to 95% of diabetics have high cholesterol and evidence of coronary artery disease.
So really, the metabolic syndrome of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are one disease with varying features across the people who are sick with it. Insulin resistance is a common finding in all three conditions. The evidence is now clear that this disease is caused by the food we eat, and the first sign is a condition known as fatty liver. People with fatty liver are more likely to die at a younger age, of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver failure.
Researchers in Italy and the US published a review article in the March 15, 2015 edition of Digestive and Liver Disease. Their position was clear; someone with fatty liver simply has the beginnings of metabolic syndrome. They use a long checklist of similarities between the two conditions and then run an analysis of twenty-eight different studies that have looked at people over time and monitored their health. What they found was that in the patients who had fatty liver diagnosed, it was extremely likely that they would progress to one, two or three of the associated metabolic syndrome diseases.
We already know the cause of fatty liver. It’s too much fat in the abdomen and too much fat in the food. Societies that eat a traditional, starch-based diet do not suffer from this condition unless it is caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Obesity, altered gut bacteria, vitamin D deficiency, poor sleep, lack of exercise and excess sugar consumption are all additional risk factors, but the primary source of the fat in the liver is the fat in the diet.
When I found out I had a fatty liver in 2011, I investigated it and made significant changes to my lifestyle to get better. You can do it too!
Exercise, get plenty of sunlight, eat a healthy diet centered on unprocessed starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, lentils and rice along with plenty of whole fruits and non-starchy vegetables and you will see the same results I did. I lost 45 pounds and got rid of my fatty liver in six months. Your results will only depend on how much change you are willing to make!