The Biggest Myth Around Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

Metabolic syndrome may be a protective mechanism. Let me explain.


0:00 Introduction: The truth about metabolic syndrome
0:10 What is metabolic syndrome?
12:05 What causes metabolic syndrome?
12:34 Learn more about the best diet for metabolic syndrome and other health concerns!

Today we're going to talk about the metabolic syndrome myth. Metabolic syndrome is also known as syndrome X.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of several conditions, including:
• Abdominal obesity
• High blood pressure
• High blood glucose
• High triglycerides
• Insulin resistance
• Hyperinsulinemia
• High uric acid

Metabolic syndrome is typically treated with a lot of medications, and there isn't a well-known cause.

I believe metabolic syndrome is a protective mechanism. But it's not protective anymore.

Let's first take a look at glucose and fructose. When you consume glucose, receptors all over your body metabolize it. Fructose is a unique type of sugar that can only be metabolized by the liver. Fructose produces more fat and enhances the fat genes more than other types of sugar.

Early humans may have infrequently consumed fructose in fruit and honey as a survival mechanism for various reasons. These reasons that used to be beneficial are now contributing factors to metabolic syndrome.

We don't need fructose for survival anymore—in fact, it's hurting us. If you have problems related to metabolic syndrome, try avoiding fructose in all forms.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. James712 on April 30, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Dr Berg, you are one of the few people on the internet I see calling out the common myths of health and nutrition. God bless

  2. Seriously awesome girls on April 30, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Amazing how you connect all the dots, thank you Dr. Berg!

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 30, 2023 at 1:28 pm

      We deeply appreciate your feedback!
      Dr. Berg’s Support Team

  3. jagdpantherPanthaDuPrince on April 30, 2023 at 10:15 am

    been doing IF for almost three years now. after starting i quickly reversed the following conditions: a fatty liver, insulin resistance, GERD/acid reflux/cramps after eating, joint pain, night sweats, restless sleep, and back pain. now i sleep comfortably on all four sides, do not overheat, no blood sugar swings and am comfortable in my clothes — basically like how it felt to be in my body when i was 10 years old. thank you Dr Berg for *everything.*

    • jagdpantherPanthaDuPrince on April 30, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      @Vanita Gomes i have a 4-5 hour eating window then fast for the rest of the day. i eat home prepared, whole foods and always have a dish of organic mixed greens. when i’m not in the mood for salad i use my immersion blender to make a green drink to which i add a little ACV and pepper, then drink that with my meal. it’s simple living and while it did take a few months for me to get used to thinking about food less it has been infinitely freeing. i can’t even imagine returning to “three squares.”

    • GA Peach on April 30, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      @Mery Moor has something to do with the way they’re processing foods these days I’m sure

    • Magic Woman on April 30, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      Do you workout.

    • jagdpantherPanthaDuPrince on April 30, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      @Magic Woman no

  4. Jane - - - on April 30, 2023 at 10:21 am

    *_Dr Berg, doing his thing so so well, as always …_*

  5. Roobah on April 30, 2023 at 10:25 am

    I have been taking a potassium supplement twice a day with my meals to control my blood pressure and help prevent edema. Guess what? It seems to be working. I would never have thought about this but I was in the hospital last year getting full blood work done daily. My potassium was chronically low and they would not discharge me from.the hospital until my potassium levels were raised. (Sodium and glucose levels are normal.) No idea why my diet can’ t keep a good potassium intake I am trying to improve that, but will supplement until I get it figured out. I do eat sugar, but in limited amounts, I don’ t eat it regularly.

    • Nan's Global Kitchen on April 30, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      So sorry you had this issue with potassium. It seems like I have a little of this issues too. Can you please share the brand of potassium you are taking and the dosage as well. Thankyou in advance 🙏🏻

    • jagdpantherPanthaDuPrince on April 30, 2023 at 1:31 pm

      potassium and magnesium are two valuable supplements i will never be without.

    • Alison Merrell on April 30, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      Maybe need a salt bile to help absorb potassium or eat garlic… celery there is several foods that help with bile

    • Alison Merrell on April 30, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      Organic chia seeds are loaded with potassium just 2 Tablespoons

  6. fidel catsro on April 30, 2023 at 10:26 am

    Metabolic syndrome is a combination of several conditions, including:
    • Abdominal obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood glucose
    • High triglycerides
    • Insulin resistance
    • Hyperinsulinemia
    • High uric acid

    Avoid Fructose especially and Sugars!

    Thank you Dr Berg!🐱👍🏿

    • Donna Baardsen on April 30, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      I love when you sum up Dr. Berg’s videos, Catsro. Very helpful!

    • ETERNAL BLISS on April 30, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      Impressive 👌🏻🙏🏼

    • TET Offense on April 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm

      @Donna Baardsen its helpful but if you click on show more, a more in depth summary is always there.

  7. Sabrina and husband on April 30, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Amazing info 🌸 Thank you Dr Berg 😊 Please make a video about the common reasons for neck and shoulder pain.Thanks ❤

    • Alison Merrell on April 30, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      That could a sign of low bile

    • Sabrina and husband on April 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm

      @Alison Merrell Thanks for letting me know.

  8. Howie Will on April 30, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Mucho más gran información de Dr. Berg para mi. Gracias!

  9. Helene Vion on April 30, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Yes. I used to believe that sugars from sweet fruits & berries were fine because of their fiber and unique nutrients. When I finally stopped them, some of my energy returned. Big improvements for me at that time.

    • Dawn Elder on April 30, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      I think as an odd treat, just fine. Fresh, wild blueberries are great. You must beat the bears to them.
      The old food guidelines limit it to two servings a day. Still way beyond what I eat. I go weeks without any fruit, which matches up with nature. But still have the odd bit.
      Now you have people who put 5 to 10 servings in a blender and drink it for breakfast. And think it is healthy. Then snack on fruit during the day.

  10. Orange Ninja on April 30, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Makes sense. I used to take 200g Pomegranate and 200g of Blueberries everyday and I couldn’t lose weight on 18:6. Let the fruit go, replaced it with more kale/broccoli and lost 18 pounds in 3 months.

  11. Vickie Young on April 30, 2023 at 11:29 am

    I have Metabolic Syndrome and this makes so much sense…I eat low carb but am going to be more mindful of fructose…I think it’s in my diet lemonade as well as my other flavored waters

  12. JoeJ8282 on April 30, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    With all of this information, I see yet another benefit of IF/OMAD eating habits. That helps me no matter what I eat!

    There’s lots more to it that just simply doing that, but intermittent fasting and one meal a day are definitely very beneficial to helping with this stuff, at least in my personal experience.

  13. Anonymous Source on April 30, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Great informative video, Dr. Berg. 👍If taking potassium as a supplement, how much dosage do you recommend? And what brands? Thank you.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 30, 2023 at 2:59 pm

      You can check out the Suggested Use for Dr. Berg’s Electrolyte Powder here:
      Dr. Berg’s Support Team.

    • Alison Merrell on April 30, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      Organic Chia Seeds are Loaded with potassium…

  14. Marcus Simpson on April 30, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    WOW, congrats DrBerg. You’ve done it. This is the only video you’ll ever need in order to figure out how to abolish syndrome X. Great video, great job on detail, you’re the man. To the people watching: listen closely, watch it until you understand it completely, and take notes.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 30, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you very much. Glad you like the presentation. Have a great day!

  15. CN on April 30, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    In other words, we AREN’T different. Everyone needs their liver to function properly. 🙏 Thank You, Dr. Berg.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 30, 2023 at 4:32 pm

      No problem. Thanks for watching the video.

  16. gard291 on April 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Great content, love it when you dig down into the weeds to get to the root of the issue. Please further this topic with the polyol pathway activation converting glucose to fructose.

  17. Martin Lund on April 30, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I started to make sure I get enough Potassium the other week (based on a previous video) and I feel so much better. I’m dumbfounded that they did not teach us this in school. I think that would be handy life essential knowledge to survive and thrive.

    • Nan's Global Kitchen on April 30, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      How much potassium do you take in a day and can you please share your source of where you get the potassium from? Like dosage etc.Thankyou in advance!

  18. O. Rothe on April 30, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    I love his holistic approach taking evolution and lifestyle to consideration! My favorite Doc on YouTube

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 30, 2023 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks. Glad you like the video. Have a nice day!

  19. P Brooks on April 30, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    I’d like to see you do a video on peptic ulcers and recurrence because I can’t get a straight answer if it’s NOT h-pylori causing it. Thanks for what you do.

  20. Toni_A_work_in_Progress on April 30, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    I was told I had this. I opted to not get on all those meds and stopped eating sugar immediately. I had no idea I was starting a ketogenic diet. That was last June when I weighed 285lbs now I’m currently 170lbs still having to drop this last 40lbs but I’m not on any medication. I’m looking forward to seeing what my labs say when I go back this June for my yearly exam. Thank you Dr. Berg

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