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
- Evidence based complimentary medicine
- medication as indicated