Metabolic Syndrome: (Formerly referred to as Syndrome X)

More than 20 years ago a constellation of conditions were identified by scientists that characterize Metabolic Syndrome. Although this is true, many health care practitioners pay no attention to the epidemic of insulin resistance, the fundamental cause of Metabolic Syndrome.

According to recent statistics 47 million adults (25%) have this condition, afflicting one of every five Americans (higher rates in certain ethnic populations). Insulin resistance, the main feature of the condition, leads to high serum lipids and cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and increased blood clotting tendencies.

Metabolic syndrome carries with it risks for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, and is expected to surpass smoking as the leading risk factor for coronary heart disease.

What is Insulin: Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Its major function is to regulate blood sugar, or glucose levels. Insulin escorts glucose molecules from the blood into the cells of the body. When blood sugar levels increase so does Insulin levels. Insulin resistance occurs when the body is no longer able to efficiently use the Insulin-or drive it into the muscle, fat, or liver cells.

Metabolic meaning the biochemical processes involved in the daily functioning of our bodies.

According to the Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), you may have Metabolic Syndrome If you meet three or more of the following criteria:
  • Central obesity (apple shape, abdominal obesity), as measured by waist circumference,
  • Fasting blood triglycerides over or equal to 150mg/dl.
  • Blood HDL: Men less than 40mg/dL; Women less than 50mg/dL ,or on medication
  • Blood pressure over 130/85mmHg (120/80 is normal B/P), or on medication
  • Fasting glucose over 100mg/dL
If You or a Loved one have any of the following signs, see us as soon as possible for assistance in managing this condition.

Our clinic will assist you with:
Weight management by developing a exercise plan with you and diet counseling, which will prevent the condition or the development of cardiovascular disease.