Insulin Toxicity or the Metabolic Syndrome?

Measuring the Distance from Diabetes Type 2

Majid Ali, M.D.


Metabolic syndrome is a term that some use to perpetuate the prevailing level of ignorance about how go prevent and/or reverse diabetes type 2. Since the late 1990s, I have recommended that the imprecise term metabolic syndrome (ask seven doctors to define the term and see how amusing that is for you) be discarded and replaced with insulin toxicity. If your peak insulin level in the three-hour blood test is below 25 units (mIU/mL) , you have excellent insulin status. If the level is over 50, you are insulin-toxic. If it is 150, you are very insulin-toxic. If your insulin peak level is over 250, you are extremely insulin-toxic.


The higher the peak insulin level of an individual, the closer the person is to diabetes type 2. Lowering the insulin level increases the distance from diabetes.


Dr. Ali’s Free Insulin Course

For an in-depth discussion of the subject, please consider Dr. Ali’s Insulin Course at his site (scroll down for a list of articles).


In September, JAMA published a survey from China which reported the prevalence of prediabetes and diabetes of 50.1% in the country.


Below is text from a brief AMA report of misleading data concerning the metabolic syndrome in the USA.

The Los Angeles Times (5/20, Kaplan) reports that approximately “35% of American adults had metabolic syndrome in 2011-12, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” That is “essentially the same as the 36% prevalence in 2007-08, though still higher than the 33% rate seen in 2003-04, according to a report published” in JAMA.

According to TIME (5/20, Worland), “the prevalence of metabolic syndrome varied between people of different racial backgrounds.” The data indicated that “Hispanics had the highest prevalence of metabolic syndrome at 39%, followed by whites at 37.4% and blacks at 35.5%.”

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