The United States and developing nations of the world are now experiencing an unparalleled rise in the incidence of chronic, aging-related degenerative diseases. These diseases are a cluster of pathologies with common causes.
One name that’s often used to describe the relationship between these diverse diseases is Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X. Metabolic Syndrome patients suffer from other related conditions: included in the mix are obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease/stroke, and neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS). Blood irregularities of metabolic fuels are also a common feature of these disease states, particularly fat and glucose dysregulation.
Metabolic Syndrome actually embraces other conditions including osteoporosis, eye diseases, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, skin degeneration, and inflammation. Even conditions such as a loss of muscular strength and co-ordination are all part of aging and Metabolic Syndrome.
Importantly, diabetes is characterized as a rapid, advanced form of aging that’s greatly accelerated beyond the normal rate of aging in non-diabetics. National Diabetes Information Clearing house data show that in 2005, 20,800,000 people in the U.S. — 7% of the population — have diabetes. Worldwide data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that in 2000 there were 171,000,000 cases of diagnosed diabetes. The future forecast is that the number will rise to 366,000,000 people with diabetes in 2030.
Cardiovascular disease kills more than 16,000,000 million people worldwide, accounting for 30% of the total number of deaths per year. Additional millions are disabled. In the U.S., an estimated 61,800,000 people live with cardiovascular disease (New York Times, March 4, 2007). More than 32% of the U.S. population is obese and about 65% of the U.S. population is overweight.
Obesity is a major part of the disease process. Research shows that the loss of as little as 5% of one’s bodyweight may prevent the development of diabetes. The term “diabesity” has been proposed to implicate the strong interrelationship between obesity and diabetes.
The Discovery of Our Capacity to Survive
Our birthright is to attain, and maintain, optimal health. Optimal function is programmed into our cells and into our spirit. Environmental stresses that disrupt us and push us out of balance are aggressively counteracted by our bodies’ Vital Force (Life Force). We all possess this Healing Force of Nature. Our primary task is to nurture and sustain this Vital Force by understanding and following the Laws of Nature.