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Type 2 diabetes is a is an inability to control the glucose level in the blood due to insulin resistance or a lack of insulin. Abnormal lipid levels (low HDL & elevated triglycerides) are usually present when someone is diagnosed with T2 diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X is a precursor to Type 2 diabetes and is defined as:

From the American Heart Association:

[I] * Central obesity (excessive fat tissue in and around the abdomen)
* Atherogenic dyslipidemia (blood fat disorders — mainly high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol — that foster plaque buildups in artery walls)
* Raised blood pressure (130/85 mmHg or higher)
* Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can’t properly use insulin or blood sugar)
* Prothrombotic state (e.g., high fibrinogen or plasminogen activator inhibitor [–1] in the blood)
* Proinflammatory state (e.g., elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in the blood)

The underlying causes of this syndrome are overweight/obesity, physical inactivity and genetic factors. People with the metabolic syndrome are at increased risk of coronary heart disease, other diseases related to plaque buildups in artery walls (e.g., stroke and peripheral vascular disease) and type 2 diabetes.[/I]

Weight loss, daily aerobic exercise and following a restricted carb diet can reverse Syndrome X. I am living proof of that. Three 1/2 years ago I had excess abdominal fat, elevated BP, elevated resting pulse, elevated glucose, high triglycerides (over 600) and low HDL (29). Today I have a 32" waist, 110/70 BP, 60 RP, normal fasting glucose, TG - 58, HDL - 50).

You are fortunate that you have identified the problem at an early age and before you developed T2 diabetes. As I said it can be done. The real benefit to you is not the numbers on a lab report. I can't tell you how much better I feel now as compared to 3 1/2 years ago.

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