Syndrome X

Syndrome X

The Silent Killer: The New Heart Disease Risk

Is Your So-Called Good Diet Slowly Killing You?
If you have Syndrome X -- and 60 to 75 million Americans do -- the widely recommended low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet may be the surest route to a heart attack. Now, Gerald Reaven, M.D., the pioneering Stanford University doctor who discovered Syndrome X, explains why:
  • Even if your total cholesterol level is perfect, it may not shield you from a heart attack.
  • Carbohydrates can be just as harmful as red meat or butter.
  • A diet high in "good" fats (as much as 40 percent of calories) is actually better for you.
  • The Zone diet, the Atkins diet, and the American Heart Association diet can each be dangerous under certain conditions.
  • The failure of insulin, the body's "sugar cop," to process blood sugar is the key to Syndrome X.
  • The Syndrome X diet and exercise program will keep you healthy and protect your heart even if you do not suffer from insulin resistance.

Tested in carefully controlled research settings and in practice, the Syndrome X program is safe, effective, and easy to follow.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684868639 | 
  • August 2001
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Chapter One: The "Unknown" Heart Slayer

Bob's life began to unravel one night after he and his wife, Eleanor, finished a healthy, home-cooked dinner consisting of fresh sea bass, spinach salad, baked potato and asparagus tips, topped off with low-fat carrot cake to celebrate Bob's fifty-eighth birthday. Fish, vegetables and low-fat dressing on the salad: just the low-fat diet the doctor recommended.

Later that evening Bob took the couple's terrier, Cargo, out for an evening stroll. The birthday boy was looking forward to breathing in the crisp San Francisco air, but he also felt a little tired. And as he and Cargo headed toward the... see more

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