What Is The Link Between Syndrome X And Diabetes?
In normal functioning, the digestive system breaks down the components of the food into simpler substances that can be absorbed by the cells of the body. In the same way, carbohydrates in the food are broken down into simple sugars that are then converted into an energy source by the hormone insulin. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and when there is a rise in the blood sugar levels, the pancreas releases the hormone so as to lower the levels of glucose.
When a person has metabolic syndrome, it leads to a condition known as insulin resistance. Thus, when the sugar levels of the blood rise, the pancreas produce insulin on receiving a signal but the cells are unable to utilise the insulin and thus the glucose levels rise further and the pancreas produce more insulin but the cycle continues. This ultimately leads to Type 2 Diabetes. Along with this, the syndrome puts you at risk of heart disease and targets lower kidney functions, thus causing kidney disease. Plaques build up in the arteries and could result in a heart attack.