Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance by Jack Challem, Burton Berkson, M.D. and Melissa Diane Smith

Synopsis:  What is Syndrome X? It's a resistance to insulin-the hormone needed to burn food for energy-combined with high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure, or too much body fat. Syndrome X ages you prematurely and significantly increases your risk of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, eye disease, nervous system disorders, diabetes, Alzheimer's, cancer, and other age-related diseases. Syndrome X is the first book to tell you how to fight the epidemic disorder that is derailing the health of nearly a third of North Americans. It outlines a complete three-step program-including easy-to-follow diets, light physical activity, and readily available vitamins and nutritional supplements-that will safeguard you against developing Syndrome X or reverse it if you already have it.

Review: As someone with Insulin Resistance, I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, it wasn't all that. The diet they perscribe is almost the same at the South Beach Diet, or any other low-fat, low-carb diet. There is suffice science and explanation given as to why they perscribe the diet they do, and it makes sense (and seems accurate according to the other things I've read). However, it wasn't anything new or different from all the other low-carb / low-glycemic indec advice. I thought the supplament section had promise, but would most certainly do additional research before gobbling down handfuls of supplements. Over all, I would recommend this book, but only in conjunction with other works and a doctor's advice. 

Bookmarks: 6 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-471-39858-6
Date Finished: 5-14-2014
Pages: 272

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