Metabolic syndrome is a very serious cluster of conditions that when present greatly increase the risk of patients to cardiovascular disease, stroke and metabolic disease such as Type 2 Diabetes. The fact is that Metabolic Syndrome is one of the most common links to all chronic disease. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist recently published their position statement placing Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin resistance Syndrome in the spectrum of what they call the Dysglycemia-Based Chronic Disease model. This spectrum includes insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and the complications of cardiovascular disease. Estimates suggest greater than 1 in 2 adult Americans have insulin resistance and most have never heard of Metabolic Syndrome.
The presence of metabolic syndrome is a much more accurate predictor of chronic disease than any single risk marker, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Metabolic Syndrome sometimes known as Syndrome X or Insulin Resistance Syndrome is a reversible syndrome using nutritional and lifestyle interventions. Here at Restore we help patients reverse this syndrome each and every day.
Do you have metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed when you have any three (3) of the following five (5) conditions:
- Waist Circumference greater than 40 inches if you are male or 35 inches if you are female
- Hypertension or are taking blood pressure medication
- High blood sugar with either a high fasting blood sugar reading greater than 100 mg/dL or a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or diabetes
- High blood triglycerides greater than 150 mg/dL or on lipid medication
- Low HDL cholesterol, lower than 40 mg/dL if you are male or lower than 50 if you are female
Many individuals do not even realize they have this syndrome. Without this realization many do not take the steps necessary to reverse this syndrome and the conditions only get worse. Current standard of care treats each condition separately as soon as they meet or exceed treatment guidelines but these pharmacological treatments do little more than mitigate the risk. Only through diet and lifestyle changes can Metabolic Syndrome be reversed.
The proper diet, exercise and lifestyle interventions are HIGHLY effective in reversing these conditions. In some cases, these conditions can be reversed and risk reduced in as little as ninety (90) days.
While medication is often used in the treatment of the conditions associated with Metabolic Syndrome only diet, exercise and lifestyle can reverse these conditions. The medication used for each of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, like blood pressure medication, will only mitigate the immediate risk. Patients that do not address diet, exercise and lifestyle will only slow the disease progress. Providers not referring patients with symptoms of metabolic syndrome for lifestyle counseling are not using optimal care.