There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of metabolic syndrome, which is sometimes referred to as metabolic disease. It’s actually a group of issues that, when combined, can significantly increase one’s chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Typically, the chances of acquiring metabolic syndrome increase as we age, with nearly half of all Americans in their 60s and 70s being affected by the issue.
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The symptoms of this disease vary widely, though metabolic syndrome patients do tend to have more weight around the abdomen than the average person. They may also be resistant to insulin or struggle with increased production of insulin. Sometimes symptoms show on the body, such as through the emergence of skin tags and benign growths. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the impact of metabolic syndrome; for example, one can make a serious difference in their health by simply avoiding certain foods. So, what foods should you avoid if you’ve been diagnosed with this condition?
1. Fake sweeteners
A few decades ago, the hottest trend to hit the food and beverage industry was, without a doubt, the diet alternative. Coke was now joined by Diet Coke, Pepsi by Diet Pepsi. Eventually, just about every major food product had a diet equivalent, and in cases where the central ingredient was sugar, that meant replacing it with an artificial sweetener.
These artificial sweeteners have become household names in the years since: there’s aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin. Unfortunately, there’s still not a lot of evidence to suggest these replacements for sugar are actually okay for the human body. In fact, some evidence suggests they could be dangerous and may increase the chances of gaining weight, developing diabetes, or even having heart disease emerge. For someone with metabolic syndrome, it (almost) goes without saying that these fake sweeteners must be avoided.