Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a collection of conditions that when taken together dramatically increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is made if a person has any three of the following risk factors:

  • Waist circumference: at least 35 inches for women and at least 40 inches for men.
  • Fasting blood glucose at least 100 mg/dLM
  • Serum triglycerides at least 150 mg/dL
  • Blood pressure at least 135/85mmHg
  • HDL ("good") cholesterol lower than 40 mg/dL for men or 50 mg/dL for women

Metabolic syndrome can significantly increase your risk for developing heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes.

Symptoms

Usually there are no immediate physical symptoms associated with Metabolic Syndrome. Although, people with Metabolic Syndrome have a tendency to be overweight, especially around the abdomen - having an "apple shape."

In addition, since this condition is associated with insulin resistance (Type 2 Diabetes), individuals may display some of the same symptoms found with elevated insulin. For instance, women may experience cysts on their ovaries (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS), fibroids, irregular periods, and other menstrual cycle issues.

Be aware that problems associated with Metabolic Syndrome develop over time and will worsen if left untreated.

Treatment

Like so many other health problems, normal function and balance can be restored and the problem eliminated with the proper lifestyle changes and with the addition of specific herbal and nutritional remedies to help your body regain health. And given Metabolic Syndrome's potential to increase your risk for life-threatening health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, it's crucial that you address this health issue sooner rather than later.

Before beginning any treatment program, a thorough Health Assessment is obtained along with any history of injuries and surgeries. Blood and saliva tests are also essential in determining the underlying cause so that a proper treatment protocol can be established. Then a combination of nutritional and herbal remedies are utilized, along with specific dietary and lifestyle changes to insure the body has what it needs to rebalance and revitalize.

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