In addition to improving insulin sensitivity, inositol also controls other risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Though singular in name, metabolic syndrome is actually a group of conditions that can lead to chronic heart disease or type 2 diabetes. The five conditions of metabolic syndrome are excess stomach fat, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. A year-long clinical study discovered that inositol could significantly reduce triglyceride levels. It also had positive impacts on reducing blood pressure and blood sugar. At the end of the study, 20 percent of the 80 test participants no longer met the criteria for metabolic syndrome diagnosis.
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