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Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) and Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

Insulite Check Your Blood PressureHypertension, or high blood pressure, is a key symptom of Metabolic Syndrome, also known as Syndrome X. Both conditions are important risk factors in developing Cardiovascular Disease, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

If left untreated, hypertension can also lead to a wide variety of other life-threatening conditions, such as kidney damage and congestive heart failure.

Hypertension is a very common condition with wide-spread consequences and can remain asymptomatic (undiagnosed) until relatively late in its course. Several studies have proven that Insulin Resistance and the resulting hyperinsulinemia (elevated insulin in the blood) cause increases in blood pressure. This is because elevated levels of insulin can cause atherosclerosis, which directly affects the diameter of the inside of the blood vessel.

A person's blood pressure is determined by cardiac output – how much blood the heart is pumping per beat, total peripheral resistance and how easily the blood is pumped to the farthest points of the body. Blood pressure itself is affected by various factors, such as genetics, lifestyle and environment. The higher the blood pressure, the greater the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Think of your vascular system as a complex, interlocking web of hoses, similar to the garden variety. The smaller the size of the hose, the more pressure on all of the other hoses as less blood flows through per minute. The heart must pump harder to get blood to distant sites while facing the decreased diameter of vessels. This increases the pressure of the entire cardiovascular system, causing elevated blood pressure.

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Hardening and thickening of the arteries is divided divided into three distinct variants. These can occur due to build up of fat deposits (plaque) on the inner walls of arteries (atherosclerosis), calcification of the wall of the arteries (Monckeberg's medial calcific sclerosis), or thickening of the muscular wall of small arteries and arterioles (arteriolosclerosis).

Most scientists agree that plaque damage begins with the innermost layer of the artery wall. Causes of this damage come from elevated levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, high blood pressure, tobacco smoke and Type 2 Diabetes.

Chronic elevations of glucose and insulin levels are classic symptoms of Insulin Resistance, which is an underlying cause of Metabolic Syndrome. One of the primary risk factors for atherosclerosis is an elevated level of triglycerides. The biggest risk factor, in turn, for increasing the production of triglycerides is the rate of your insulin secretion.

As insulin comes in contact with the interior wall of the arteries, it is caustic to the tissue, causing the initial injury that produces plaque. As plaque builds up on the interior wall of the arteries, the circumference of the arteries decreases, thus increasing the pressure of the blood rushing through the entire vascular system.

This complex interaction becomes a serious health concern because as high blood pressure rises there is corresponding damage to your cardiovascular system. Hypertension makes your heart work harder than normal and, as a result, both the heart and arteries are more prone to injury. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, eye damage and congestive heart failure. If you have hypertension, are obese, smoke or have high blood cholesterol levels or Type 2 Diabetes, your risk of heart attack or stroke goes up dramatically.

High Blood Pressure Leads to Heart AttacksUntreated high blood pressure forces your heart to work harder to pump enough blood and oxygen to your body's organs and tissues. It also damages arteries and arterioles, the very small arteries that connect larger arteries to tiny capillaries. Arterial damage is a serious health issue because hardened or narrowed arteries may not be able to supply enough blood to your body's organs, thus reducing their ability to function properly. In addition, plaque may dislodge from the sides of the artery wall, forming a blockage in another part of your body and causing a heart attack or stroke.

There are pharmaceuticals that can help lower pressure to nearer normal blood pressure levels but there is currently no single drug that will completely reverse Insulin Resistance or Metabolic Syndrome. Instead, we feel you must rely on a multi-faceted approach to improving these conditions.

What's needed to address the issues presented by these disorders is a complete system, including nutraceuticals (vitamins, herbs and minerals that are disease specific), a realistic exercise program combined with nutritional guidance and a support network that will help you change unhealthy lifestyle choices.

Click here to read about the new, scientifically-designed Insulite MetaX System, which can help reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) and the subsequent risk of a heart attack or stroke. The system includes numerous formulations, such as RejuvenX, with ingredients like vitamin C, which can reduce damage to arteries.

You may be interested in some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Metabolic Syndrome and the Insulite MetaX System.

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"A non-pharmacologic treatment for these patients is needed, since drugs prescribed to lower blood pressure have been shown to actually worsen carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in Syndrome X patients, negating the beneficial effects of those drugs."
Duke University Study, results published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, September 2003.
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"...approximately 90% of overweight Hispanic children with a family history for type 2 diabetes have at least one feature of the metabolic syndrome and 30% possess the metabolic syndrome.

Our results support the view that improving insulin resistance may be crucial in the prevention of both type 2 diabetes and premature cardiovascular disease in this at-risk subpopulation of Hispanic youth."
Cruz ML, Weigensberg MJ, Huang TT, Ball G, Shaibi GQ, Goran MI.,J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Jan;89(1):108-13.
"To gain the most benefit from modifying multiple metabolic risk factors, the underlying insulin-resistant state must become a target of therapy."
Bogdanovic, Streten and Langlans, Beata, "Metabolic Syndrome: New Opportunities in Diagnostics and Therapeutics", DMD Publications, 2004.  
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