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‘Syndrome W’ offers cure for midlife weight gain

Leslie Brefeld
Special to the Daily

DILLON – Although it was discovered first in menopausal women, the metabolic disorder Syndrome W. affects waistlines across gender and age lines.

The syndrome – characterized by weight gain and elevated blood pressure – is an early stage of Syndrome X or The Metabolic Syndrome, which is common in obese individuals, according to the author of the book, Dr. Harriette R. Mogul. Syndrome W, the precursor to Syndrome X, is a disorder of insulin resistance.

Mogul’s groundbreaking work began when she opened a menopause center in 1994 in New York.

Here she found a special population of women who were health conscious, exercised daily and experienced weight gain. These patients also were experiencing high blood pressure for the first time in their lives.

Tests and studies amounted to a conclusion that elevated insulin was the cause.

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The Mogul Protocol, named for the doctor, addresses the syndrome with “a two-pronged program that targets and treats the cause of weight gain in Syndrome W women (and other overweight insulin-resistant Americans). It integrates an eating plan called the Card-Modified Diet, and the medication Metformin, a well-known, highly effective drug that’s been used worldwide to treat millions of people with diabetes for many years,” according to the website http://www.syndromew.com.

“We’re not treating the cold symptoms, we’re treating the cold,” Mogul said.

The doctor, a frequent visitor of Vail’s ski slopes, includes Mogul Protocol-friendly recipes in her book; four Vail chefs are featured.

The medication must be taken for the rest of a patient’s life, as individuals have seen a reverse in weight loss after ending the Mogul Protocol diet.

“The exciting part is, unlike other dietary regiments, weight loss is greater from the six to 12 month period rather than the earlier months,” Mogul said.

Mogul said all her profits will go toward funding research. Since the drug in the program has been used commonly for nearly 50 years as a treatment for diabetes, pharmaceutical companies are not providing money for research.

Borders Books in Dillon welcomes Harriette R. Mogul today at 3 p.m. She will sign copies of her book, give a 10-minute overview of “Syndrome W” and answer questions from attendees.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13622, or at lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

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