Heading toward diabetes and heart disease? Try this miracle spice

Has it been a while since you could stand up straight and still see your feet?

Does it take some stretching, squeezing, and contorting to get your jeans buckled in the morning?

As we get older, it becomes easier than ever to put on weight – but if it’s all centered around your middle, it can be a major health hazard.

And that belt-busting belly is rarely the only problem…but rather part of a cluster of conditions that all make up metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome isn’t a disease, per se, but more of a “combo pack” of factors – obesity (especially belly fat), high triglycerides, low HDL, and high blood pressure – that together make your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke skyrocket.

But the latest research shows that turning back the tide on metabolic syndrome – and the diseases that can accompany it – can all start with a simple kitchen spice.

In a recent study published in Nutrition, researchers found that a group of people with metabolic syndrome who took 1,000 mg a day of curcumin – a compound in the Indian curry spice turmeric – had better control over their blood glucose levels after just eight weeks.

It’s all thanks to a hormone called adiponectin, which regulates glucose levels in the blood and helps with fatty acid breakdown. The more adiponectin, the less of a chance you have of developing obesity-related diseases like fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and more.

In the study, the folks taking curcumin saw their adiponectin levels go up by 68 percent! That makes curcumin a must-have for anyone with metabolic syndrome.

I’ve previously shared with you the many benefits of this wonder spice, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. From easing major depression to slashing heart disease risk, it’s one of the most effective and versatile natural disease-fighters around.

It’s also safe, and if you’re not a fan of the curry flavor of turmeric, you can pick up curcumin supplements at just about any health store.

Bulking up on curcumin can help stop metabolic syndrome from turning into a full-blown disease like diabetes, but the real key here is to prevent metabolic syndrome altogether.

You can keep that belly from bulging by switching to the Paleo diet, which focuses on natural proteins, fruits and vegetables.

And going Paleo will steer you away from refined sugars, carbs, and processed foods – all the bad stuff that can derail any weight-loss strategy and send your blood sugar climbing.

Finally, don’t forget to move around a bit. I’m not talking about doing jumping jacks while you read the morning paper. Instead, make small changes like committing to 10 minutes of easy walking for every hour you spend sitting.