Syndrome X & The Flat Belly Diet

Syndrome X is also known as metabolic syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome, and it requires a Syndrome X diet. It is typically defined as a group of medical abnormalities associated with an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. People with centralized, excessive weight gain in the belly area alone are frequently at risk for Syndrome X.

Signs of Syndrome X

There isn’t a single symptom attributed to the diagnosis of Syndrome X, but a grouping of a few of the following things will lead to the diagnosis:

  • high blood pressure
  • elevated triglycerides
  • fasting hyperglycemia
  • decreased HDL cholesterol 
  • excessive waist fat 

Risk Factors for Syndrome X

People who are very overweight or obese, have a sedentary lifestyle, already have Type 2 diabetes, or have heart disease are at a greater risk for Syndrome X. Also, as we age, unhealthy diets high in saturated fats and low in exercise will increase your risk factors. 

How PCOS Affects Syndrome X

Woman with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) typically already have some of the symptoms of Syndrome X, like insulin resistance and a higher risk of heart disease. While PCOS is not related to lifestyle factors as Syndrome X can be, lowering the health risks associated with both syndromes will increase your quality of life through healthier, longer body function.  

How the Flat Belly Diet Can Help

The goal of the Flat Belly Diet is to reduce your overall body weight a little at a time, while improving cholesterol rates, triglyceride levels, and the health concerns associated with heart disease. This is done by replacing all saturated fats in your diet with healthier monounsaturated fats and keeping your daily meals at 1600 calories each. The bulk of your nutrition should come from a mediterranean-type diet that includes lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and only lean, small portions of protein.

For both syndromes, the diet can reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes.


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