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What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Published May 26, 2015

at-risk for metabolic syndromeMetabolic Syndrome is a combination of conditions. It is defined by poor blood sugar control, high blood pressure, increased abdominal fat, low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and high triglycerides (fat particles in the blood). Metabolic syndrome significantly increases one’s risk for cardiovascular disease, which leads to heart disease, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease. It is a dangerous condition, but in most cases, preventable and treatable. Commonly, as we develop problems associated with metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor sugar regulation, we are placed on medications for treatment. This approach ignores the cause of metabolic syndrome. The disorders that make up metabolic syndrome often occur when the body is not functioning well because of things we do to it. Although genetics plays a role in metabolic syndrome, our genes are strongly influenced by our internal environment. Poor nutrition and lifestyle choices cause our genes to be expressed in a way that leads to many of the problems associated with metabolic syndrome. Other issues, such as poor gut health or hormone imbalance, may not be due to lifestyle choices but can contribute to metabolic syndrome just the same. I address all of these issues with a functional medicine approach. By treating hormone imbalance, inflammation, toxicity, gut health, and poor nutrition, the body will function better. When it does, metabolic syndrome can be reversed, and the debilitating problems associated with it can be avoided.

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