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Metabolic Syndrome, Syndrome X, Insulin Resistance Syndrome

Monday, December 5th, 2016

About: Metabolic syndrome, also called “syndrome X” or “insulin resistance syndrome”, is the name for a group of risk factors- habits, conditions, or genetic influences, that act together to raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Symptoms: Because Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, rather than a disease, it can often be silent within the system, affecting the body slowly over time. When symptoms are present, they are due to the diseases these risk factors cause.

Risk Factors: obesity- large waistline; inactive lifestyle; high blood pressure; high cholesterol; low HDL cholesterol; high blood sugar; high triglyceride; diet high in processed and refined foods; constant low-grade inflammation throughout the body; clotting conditions; PCOS; Family history of diabetes, heart disease, stroke.

Symptoms of Risk Factors: a large waistline or “apple shape”; thirst; increased urination, especially at night; fatigue (tiredness); blurred vision, dull headaches; dizzy spells; nosebleeds

Conventional treatment: Reducing risk factors that can be controlled (obesity, diet, and physical activity) is the general first step with prescription medication to respond to disease states as indicated.

Our Approach: We begin by treating you as a whole person, recognizing that lifestyle changes are difficult and must be sustainable.

We recommend a physical exam and routine blood work to check cholesterol & fasting blood sugar values to get a clear picture of your unique health status.

We then work with you to develop individualized strategies to respond to your present health, your risks and your ongoing needs through:

  • sustainable & supported weight loss through personalized home exercise programs
  • individualized programs to address insulin sensitivity;
  • dietary and nutritional counseling with emphasis on education and real steps to understand healthy food choices;
  • stress reduction & techniques to respond to stress;
  • support understanding on how carbohydrate, sugar, processed & refined foods impact health
  • Acupuncture
  • Evidence based complimentary medicine
  • medication as indicated

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, or High Cholesterol Please give us a call today to see how we can support you : 503-287-4970

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Diabetes – The New Epidemic

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

by Maria Zilka, NT

It would be hard to find a medical expert these days, conventional or otherwise, who wouldn’t agree that our sugar-based diets are killing us. Our daily bread has turned into a non-stop feeding frenzy of refined carbohydrates including many breads, pastries, sweets, over-processed cereals and artificial sweeteners. And despite the warning signs – epidemic rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and depression – we continue to indulge ourselves on this poison, sugar.


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Naturopathic Approach to Diabetes

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Listen to Diabetes Podcast

In this podcast, Portland naturopathic doctors, Dr. Rose Paisley and Dr. Greg Nigh discuss diabetes, a common disease that is plaguing the US.  They’ll discuss the various forms of diabetes and the associated symptoms.  They’ll tell you how the conventional world will treat this condition, usually with drugs, that will ultimately do more harm than good.  They will then compare this with the naturopathic approach to treating it.  There are many ways that a person can prevent this disease, as well as natural ways that the disease can be controlled, which they will tell you about.

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