Syndrome X, also known as metabolic syndrome, can have devastating effects on a person’s health. Reversing syndrome X seems to be a possibility in the medical community. With proper lifestyle changes, reversing syndrome x can be more than just a dream. Syndrome X significantly increases a person’s chance of developing diabetes and heart disease.  According to information released by MedicineNet, a link was discovered between metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in the 1940s. Because insulin resistance is one of the major indicators that a person is at risk of developing syndrome X, addressing this issue can greatly help a person reverse this life-threatening condition. Information posted on Drug Free Body Building’s website gives a few tips for reversing metabolic syndrome. The first thing they recommend for reversing syndrome X is to limit, or even better, eliminate certain foods from a person’s diet. The most important thing to axe is the refined carbohydrates that are found in bread, pasta, cookies, cereal, fruit juices, soft drinks, desserts, etc. Eating foods with a low glycemic index is a good strategy for correcting the problems associated with metabolic syndrome. Some of these foods include whole wheat spaghetti, rye, most vegetables, apples, kidney beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, oranges, chickpeas and plums, just to name a few. Common high glycemic foods include white bread, corn chips, pretzels and potatoes. The South Beach diet has a complex list of foods with a high and low glycemic index on its website.

Getting regular exercise is also important for reversing syndrome X. Training with weights can be especially effective. Although aerobic exercise is helpful as well, strength training can improve the body’s response to insulin by more than 50 percent. Getting a minimum of 30 minutes of brisk, aerobic exercise each day will drastically improve a person’s health whether syndrome x is present or not. This can mean a brisk walk or even taking a yoga class. There are a variety of exercise videos on the market that people can easily do at home in their own living room. Because most patients with metabolic syndrome are overweight or obese, eating right and exercising will also help bring them to a healthy weight.

Besides high blood sugar levels, some of the other signs and symptoms that indicate a person is at risk for developing metabolic syndrome include a buildup of fat around the waist, hypertension (or high blood pressure), cholesterol abnormalities, high triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Because so many underlying issues are associated with syndrome X, treating these problems is essential for a person looking to reverse it. In other words, there is not a magic pill that treats metabolic syndrome. Consulting a doctor will also help because he or she can prescribe medicines that will help lower the risks associated with metabolic syndrome. A person with metabolic syndrome will often be prescribed statins to control cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce triglyceride levels.

If a person already has it, reversing syndrome x should become a top priority. However, it is much more effective for a person to prevent it before it strikes. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine are essential for reversing syndrome X, and practicing healthy habits will also prevent it from ever developing.