Reducing Your Health Risk of Metabolic Syndrome And Type 2 Diabetes

September 4, 2013

in BLOGS,Diabetes,Energy,General,Weight Loss

MetabolicSyndromePic2013-09-04_2058Where are you in your health risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes? Metabolic Syndrome is a health challenge you want to avoid that is described by a cluster of risk factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes.

You need to know and start taking charge of these risk factors.

  1. Obesity with waistlines over 40 inches for males and over 35 inches for females
  2. High or low blood sugar
  3. Elevated BMI (body mass index) greater than 30
  4. Elevated triglycerides
  5. Low levels of “good” cholesterol – HDL
  6. High blood pressure/hypertension

Have you had the tape measure out recently to measure your waistline?

SONY DSCYou’ve probably heard people say their waistline is just right, they are just too short. Yes, height can influence you waistline but even a 6 foot tall woman like my 22 year old granddaughter should not have a waistline over 35 inches.

My husband is 6 foot 1 inch, was 6 foot 2 inches in his prime. He wore a waist size 32 when he was in high school; later went to a size 34 and is now back to size 32. Can you say your waist size is still the same as when you graduated from high school?

Did you know that if low blood sugar is not addressed it can turn into high blood sugar? So getting caught in the ‘insulin trap’ and constantly riding the ‘glycemic rollercoaster’ opens your fat storage doors and closes your fat burning doors. When this happens day after day, month after month and year after year your body really has no choice but to gain weight.

The “insulin trap” and the “glycemic rollercoaster” occur when you eat high glycemic response carbohydrates. High glycemic response foods can be used for energy immediately but if there is an overload they will be stored as fat. You will experience either a drop in blood sugar or a spike that causes too much insulin to be produced.

Sources of high glycemic response foods are processed refined grains and sugars such as most baked goods, processed cereals, soft drinks and candy. Some fruit and vegetables have a higher glycemic response than others.

It’s important to understand glucose in that it increases your body’s ability to makes insulin. When insulin is too high (high blood sugar) your body senses that too much energy is available so it shuts down fat used for energy. The extra glucose is stored as fat.

Glucose can be a double-edged sword. It is the basic source of cellular energy and is the primary fuel for brain function. Yet, in excess, it can damage the circulatory system, dehydrate vital tissue, cause damage associated with diabetes and sabotage weight loss efforts.

High gylcemic response food are typically foods that are high in calories. You may not necessarily be eating too many calories but you may be eating the wrong kind. All calories are not created equal. Never eat carbs (carbohydrates) alone. Always include a serving of protein with your serving of carbs. The protein is available for energy after the carb energy is used.

A few examples of protein/carb snacks or meals would be:

  1. A slice of sprouted grain bread with 1 or 2 eggs
  2. An apple with an ounce or 2 of white cheddar cheese
  3. Half a grapefruit with 8 to 12 raw almonds

The 2 to 1 ratio of protein/carbs help increase your metabolism and also help keep you off the ‘glycemic response rollercoaster’ and escape being thrown into the ‘insulin trap.’

NeoLife’s New Shakes and GR2 Control Program is a simple convenient way for you to reduce your risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.

Benefits of the program are:

  • Stabilizes blood glucose levels
  • Keeps insulin levels low and steady
  • Prolongs energy
  • Reduces feelings of hunger

When you properly follow the NeoLife GR2 Control Program with either GR2 Protein or one of the NEW NeoLife Shakes the program is scientifically proven to work!

It was proven in human clinical trials to control glycemic response. This scientific report was published in the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition.

Another great benefit of the GR2 program is that it is totally safe for diabetics. So many weight loss programs will throw diabetics into a tail spin.

The other risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome will be covered in later articles.

Meanwhile take serious action to decrease your risk of Metabolic Syndrome complications. If you already have Metabolic Syndrome or Type 2 Diabetes be proactive in turning it around and getting out of the “insulin trap” and getting off the “glycemic response rollercoaster.”

Join the NeoLife Club today and try NeoLife Shake and GR2 Control at my cost (25% off) as long as you consistently order. This even includes Free Shipping when you set up Auto Ship for following months. You can cancel or change your order at any time.

Things I’ve learned and want to share with you.


Pat Moon


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PatIMG_8971  Pat shares the things she has learned about nutrition.

Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to share with others the things she has learned and is still learning about having the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 


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1 Norma Doiron @Savvy BIZ Solutions September 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

Maintaining our health is so important because it will affect either negatively or positively all other aspects of our lives. Thanks for sharing this vital information Pat.

2 Pat Moon September 28, 2013 at 11:07 am

Hi Norma,

Yes, if we are struggling with health problems how can we focus on other aspects of our life in a productive way.

Thanks for visiting and supporting my blogs.


3 Lorii Abela September 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Informative post! The protein/carb combination you have suggested is interesting and healthy as well. Can you possibly interchange them, like apples and eggs together?

4 Pat Moon September 15, 2013 at 5:39 am

Hi Lorii,

Yes, by all means you can eat apples and eggs together. The apples give you immediate energy as a carb allowing the energy from the eggs as a protein to be used for longer term energy. This method helps people use the calories wisely for energy rather than storing them as fat. It also prevents them from getting hungry for a longer period of time as well as keeping their blood sugar more stable.

Stay healthy, Pat

5 Meryl Hershey Beck September 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Wow Pat, this is great information for those out there struggling with weight and blood sugar issues. Thanks for sharing!

6 Pat Moon September 12, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi Meryl,

Thanks for visiting. I’m glad you found the info in this article helpful for those who are struggling with weight and blood sugar issues.

Looking forward to your next visit.


7 marvia September 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm


Thank you for simplicity and easy to use information.  I love the tips you offer.  I just bought my first loaf of sprouted spelt bread – pretty tasty, but I need to remember to read the list of ingredients.  Time to get out the tape measure and get healthy too.

8 Pat Moon September 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

Hi Marvia,

We love the sprouted grain breads. When we eat the unsprouted breads it takes more for us to feel satisfied.. there’s just not much to them. Glad you like my health tips. Good luck on the tape measure process;-)

Stay healthy, Pat

9 Keri Kight September 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm

This is a very informative post Pat.  My grandfather had diabetes, and my mother has been told that she has signs of it.  When I was growing up, nutrition wasn't a huge thing, and I ate so much fast food when I was in college.  My pant size has doubled since high school, and I know it's something I need to work on.  I've recently looked into easing into a raw food diet to start a better nutrition.  

10 Pat Moon September 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Hi Keri,

So glad to hear you are taking steps to eat healthier especially since diabetes is in your family. It is best to tackle it prior to disease setting in. I would like to suggest you go through my 10 Day Challenge to Better Health to set you on your journey. Check it out.

Take care of yourself, no one else cares more.


11 Susan Schiller September 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I always learn something new when I read your articles, Pat! Your suggestions of balancing the ratio of carbs/proteins is super helpful – it's something I hadn't known to do. I think I'm doing okay according to the criteria you listed at the top, but my waistline is certainly a good 4-inches greater than when I was in high school. Just this morning I was thinking about that… your article is a great motivation for change – thanks, Pat!

12 Pat Moon September 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Hi Susan,

Knowing you I am sure you are doing a good job with your food and lifestyle choices. The growing waistline is a very common event as we grow older yet it can be reduced with proper food choices and staying active. One thing I have experienced is that I have had to reduce the amount I eat at each snack and meal time. I very seldom overeat and feel so much better with that decision. Glad to have given you some motivation to tackle that waistline.

God bless your efforts, Pat

13 Vatsala Shukla September 9, 2013 at 11:21 am

You've raised a very important point, Pat. Recently when I took my senior citizen Mom to a series of doctors for second opinions related to her arthritis, they all insisted on a blood sugar test. The results were normal and I only figured it out when I read an article in the leading local newspaper about the rise of Diabetes amongst the population and especially the elderly, and yes, it does not necessarily have to be hereditary. So apart from cholestrol watch, we are now looking at other health enhancing steps. Luckily, there is no need for an operation for the arthritis but I did learn a lot!

14 Pat Moon September 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hi Vatsala,

So happy your Mom does not have Diabetes. It is on the rise but can usually be avoided with a common sense lifestyle and proper nutrition. I do hope your Mom’s arthritis is not too bad without having to take lots of pain/anti-inflammitory meds. I have a touch of arthritis but take vitamin C, Calcium and Salmon Oil Plus to help keep it manageable. Let me know if I can direct your mother in her supplement choices. I am a senior citizen, age 70 so have experience in the aging process.

Stay healthy, Pat

15 Diane Baker September 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Good sound information here which we should all take note of

16 Pat Moon September 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

Hi Diane,

Yes, everyone should be aware of this information about Metabolic Syndrome.

Thanks for stopping by.


17 Helena Bowers September 6, 2013 at 5:42 am

A rollercoaster is a great analogy Pat! Every day I have to work to keep my glucose levels under control and coming down. My goal is to be off all man-made meds by Christmas.

18 Pat Moon September 7, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi Helena,

Great goal! Are you working on it with diet and exercise? I have a couple of suggestions to assist you on your journey. Many people have used the NeoLife GR2 technology to accomplish keeping their glucose levels under control. You can actually get started on it at my cost with free shipping at my NeoLife Club site. In addition you will find many good tips by going through my Free 10 day challenge to better health.

Keep me posted on how you are progressing.


19 Carla J Gardiner September 5, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I love reading your health articles, Pat. I've always wondered about how the glycemic system worked and now you've explained it brilliantly. Since I began eating small "fuelings" every 2 1/2 – 3 hours while awake my blood sugar has leveled out, my energy is up and I've dropped 54 pounds. Now I understand why…keep sharing these health tips, they may just save someones life one day.

20 Pat Moon September 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Hi Carla,

It always helps to understand how what and when we eat affects things like blood sugar. I used to struggle with low blood sugar but since getting involved in NeoLife, my nutritional supplement company I have very seldom had a problem. I’ve used our protein shakes since 1985. They are formulated to use the protein sparing formula which keeps a more stable glycemic response. As you know my goal is to help people improve their health with my blog. Eating often has obviously been good for you.. it works well for me as well.. it helps to keep your blood sugar more stable especially if you eat protein.

Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience.

Stay healthy, Pat

21 Mindy Koch September 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I definitely have to worry about metabolic syndrome! Got to get this waist and weight under control!

22 Pat Moon September 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Hi Mindy,

I am available to help you get your waist and weight under control. Two years ago when I was age 68, I dedicated time and knowledge to seriously doing just that. I wasn’t in the danger zone yet but was gradually getting close. I am not almost 30 pounds lighter and feel so wonderful. How about signing up for my Free 10 Day Challenge to Better Health? It has the basics of how I lost that 30 pounds and got into better physical shape. Here is the link:

Let’s get started and do it. I’ll be by your side.


23 Ceci Mejia September 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Great post, very good information. thank you for sharing

24 Pat Moon September 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Hi Ceci,

I’m so glad you found this post informative.

Stay fit.


25 Ernestine King September 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

Very good information. I have gotten even more nutrition conscious since getting older!

26 Pat Moon September 5, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Hi Ernestine,

It is pretty interesting how age makes us more nutrition and health conscious.

Just a side note, my mother’s middle name is Ernestine. She was named after one of her uncle’s who was named Ernest.

Stay aware.


27 Alexandra McAllister September 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

Such an informative post, Pat. Good health is so important. I myself my weight and what I eat even more since my stroke.  Glad to say that all is well, so far.  Thanks for sharing what you've learned. Excellent!

28 Pat Moon September 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hi Alexandra,

I know you are so very health aware. It is interesting how sometimes it takes a health scare to get us on track as far as how we take care of what we eat and our physical fitness.

Keep up the good work.


29 Alexandra McAllister September 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Thanks, Pat. It is something I work on every day.  It takes patience, will power and a whole lot of love….for oneself!  🙂

30 Pat Moon September 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Hi Alexandra,

Yes, it takes patience, will power and a whole lot of love.. for oneself to make the right food choices as well as lifestyle choices. I just simply to not buy junky low nutrient dense foods.. not having it in the house makes a huge different for me.

Take care of yourself, Pat

31 Rob September 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

My waistline goes wider and wider, then i wrangle it back to where it should be.. but i am not anywhere near my high school days… if i was people would think i am sick..

32 Pat Moon September 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm


Sorry you are having the battle of the waistline. Actually I no longer have that 24 inch waistline I used to have either but in the last year and half I’ve gotten it back in line with a 70 year old grandma within 4 to 5 inches of the 24. More than likely people would not think you are sick if you were back within a few inches of high school days!

Be healthy for your long term life.


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