Just One Junk-Food Snack Can Trigger Metabolic Syndrome

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What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is the name applied to a group of risk factors that drastically raise your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.


These risk factors include elevated waist circumferance (men >40 in., women > 35 in.), Elevated triglycerides, reduced HDL (good) cholesterol(men <40, women < 50), elevated blood pressure >130/85 , and elevated fasting glucose (>100mg/dL).  In order to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have 3 of any of these factors, as outlined by the American Heart Association’s guidelines and the NIDH)

Research Reveals:  1 Junk Food Snack, Alone, Enough To Trigger Metabolic Syndrome

A recent study has found that just one high-calorie milkshake was enough to make metabolic syndrome worse for some people. And overindulgence in just a single meal or snack (especially junk food) is enough to trigger the beginnings of metabolic syndrome, which is associated with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

That finding by researchers at the Microbiology and Systems Biology Group of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) was reported in the online edition of the Nov. 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal.

For some people, “acute effects of diet are mostly small, but may have large consequences in the long run,” said TNO researcher Suzan Wopereis, Ph.D., senior author of the report.

The researchers gave male volunteers in two groups a high-fat milkshake consisting of 1.6 g protein, 16 g fat, and 3.2 g carbohydrates.

The first group included 10 healthy male volunteers. They were also given a snack diet consisting of an additional 1300 kcal per day, in the form of sweets and savory products such as candy bars, tarts, peanuts, and crisps for four weeks.

The second group included nine volunteers with metabolic syndrome and who had a combination of two or more risk factors for heart disease, such as unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high blood lipids, and abdominal fat.


Shocking Test Results

Both groups had blood samples taken, before and after the snacks. In these blood samples, the researchers measured 61 biomarkers, such as cholesterol and blood sugar.

For the subjects with metabolic syndrome, the blood tests showed that biochemical processes related to sugar metabolism, fat metabolism, and inflammation were abnormal. This came as no surprise considering these test subjects already had metabolic syndrome.

What was shocking were the findings for the group of healthy men.  For the 10 healthy male volunteers, the blood tests showed that signaling molecules controlling sugar and fat metabolism were changed and levels of inflammation were significantly elevated.  These findings resemble the start of negative health effects similar to those found at the start of metabolic disease.

“Eating junk food is one of those situations where our brains say ‘yes’ and our bodies say ‘no,’” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Unfortunately for us, this report shows that we need to use our brains and listen to our bodies. Even one unhealthy snack has negative consequences that extend far beyond any pleasure it brings.”nervedoctor.info

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Metabolic Syndrome – The Most Dangerous Heart Attack Risk Factors.

Metabolic syndrome has been called the ‘global time bomb’ by the IDF (International Diabetes Federation).  Nearly 35% of all U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2015.

The reality is that people with metabolic syndrome are three times as likely to have a heart attack or stroke and twice as likely to die from it.  This places metabolic syndrome and diabetes far ahead of HIV/AIDS in morbidity (illness) and mortality (death). Ironically, though, most people aren’t even aware of this syndrome.   

The good news is that this condition (syndrome) is easy to reverse.  We do it all the time with our patients.  Since  a large majority of neuropathy patients have metabolic syndrome or diabetes, it is imperative that we get their condition under control, in order for them to have successful nerve recovery.

If you’re not sure if you have metabolic syndrome, ask your doctor to run blood work on you.  If your doctor is clueless…well, it may be time for a new doctor.


Dr. John Coppola, D.C. and Dr. Valerie Monteiro, D.C.

This blog has been provided by Dr. John Coppola, D.C. and Dr. Valerie Monteiro, D.C. Dr. Coppola and Dr. Monteiro are the founders of the San Antonio Neuropathy Center, and Precision Sport & Spine. They are the leading experts in the field of neuropathy and specifically drug free nerve repair. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed book “Defeat Neuropathy Now …. In Spite of Your Doctor. The doctors have over 25 years of clinical experience.

If you would like to reach the doctors regarding a specific health problem, you may email them at [email protected].

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