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What is metabolic syndrome?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 44 years experience
High risk obesity: Some people get overweight but get few complications. With metabolic syndrome, people gain weight and develop hyperlipidemia (high triglycerides, low hdl), hypertension, and Insulin resistance that may progress to diabetes. These people typically have abdominal obesity. This pattern is strongly inherited and Insulin resistance is at the core. The best treatment is weight control, exercise.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Stop sodas and other acids as well. High Acid levels in the body shut down enzyme systems responsible for moving sugar into cells as well as cholesterol. This simple approach has gotten many of my patients off of these medications. email me through www.medacpc.com
Dec 5, 2011
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Agree - NO ONE NEEDS SODA! Especially when we are discussing Metabolic Syndrome. Daily exercise is valuable and a diet that allows your insulin level to go down is the key. Often that means cutting out or reducing processed foods and carbohydrates. And do not foget sleep, good sleep is crucial to fat (not weight) management.
Jun 7, 2012
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Metabolic Syndrome: Was called syndrome x: four facets-torso obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol to HDL ratio, and tendency toward type 2 diabetes. The cause is Insulin resistance, and all treatments should focus on the cause. Metformin and low carbohydrate diets are indicated for most people with the problem of metabolic syndrome.
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The strict definition of metabolic syndrome requires 3 of 5 criteria to be present: Central obesity, elevated triglycerides, decreased HDL (good cholesterol), diabetes, and hypertension. Each of the criteria is a negative for anyone's health but the combination is particularly bad and, if not addressed, can lead to serious health problems.
Apr 7, 2012
Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Most important is to lose weight, adequate exercise. In many patients metofirmin 500 to 850 mg twice a day would assist to decrease insulin resistance. Lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in getting better and out of this dromedary.
Apr 8, 2012
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
High risk condition: Metabolic syndrome, a.K.A Insulin resistance syndrome or syndrome x, refers to a syndrome of associated metabolic and vascular risks that cluster in a person or family members: high glucose, high bp, low hdl/high triglycerides, high inflammation, and increased weight --- which can lead to type 2 dm, gestational dm, coronary heart disease/stroke, pcos, fatty liver. Lifestyle changes are key.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Bad diet : Metabolic syndrome is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full blown diabetes, heart disease and htn.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Disease cluster...: A cluster of diseases in the making!however...Metabolic syndrome was called syndrome x: four facets-1. Torso obesity, 2.High blood pressure, 3.Poor cholesterol to HDL ratio, and 4.Tendency toward type 2 diabetes. The cause is Insulin resistance, and all treatments should focus on the cause. Metformin and low carbohydrate diets are indicated for most people with the problem of metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Insulin resistance: Metabolic syndrome is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full blown diabetes, heart disease and htn.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Group Of RiskFactors: It is not a disease in itself but a group of Risk Factors 1High Blood Pressure135/85 Or higher 2High Blood SugarFasting;more than100mgm 3Unhealthy Cholesterol levels including a High Triglyceride more than 150mgm/dl Low HDL Level 4Abdominal Obesity waist more than 40 inches in men and 35inches in women
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Mildy complex!: However...Metabolic syndrome was called syndrome x: four facets-1. Torso obesity, 2.High blood pressure, 3.Poor cholesterol to HDL ratio, and 4.Tendency toward type 2 diabetes. The cause is Insulin resistance, and all treatments should focus on the cause. Metformin and low carbohydrate diets are indicated for most people with the problem of metabolic syndrome. Potentially serious!
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Insulin resistance: Metabolic syndrome is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full blown diabetes, heart disease and htn.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
SyndromeOfRiskFactor: Metabolic Syndrome consists of number of conditions 1Abdominal Obesity Waist40" or more in men and 35"or more in women 2High Blood Pressure 3Insulin Resistance 4Low HDL/High Triglyserides more than 150mgm/dl 5Fasting Bood Glucose of 100mgm or more Metabolic Syndrome patients are at High risk of developing full blown Diabetes,Cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke. Prevention is key

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is metabolic syndrome exactly?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Metabolic Syndrome: Metabolic syndrome (syndrome x) is characterized by weight on the middle, slowly developing hypertension, lipid abnormalities ( usually high tgs and low hdl), and finally type 2 dm. A strong family hx for any of these components and/or mi stroke is also a clue. Finally, women can have hirsuitism and polycystic ovarian sydrome (pcos), early in the course. Insulin resistance causes these problems.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are the symptoms of Metabolic syndrome?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
The symptoms of Metabolic syndrome include:: Abdominal obesity, Abdominal pain, Acanthosis nigricans, Acne, Angina, Enlarged liver, Excess hair, High blood pressure, Increased BMI, Sleep disturbance.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How to cure yourself of metabolic syndrome?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Metabolic syndrome: Lose weight, start exercising, cut carbs other than non-starchy vegetables.
A 51-year-old member asked:

What is metabolic syndrome? How is it diagnosed?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Group Of RiskFactors: It is not a disease in itself but a group of Risk Factors 1High Blood Pressure135/85 Or higher 2High Blood SugarFasting>100mgm 3Unhealthy Cholesterol levels including a High Triglyceride more than 150mgm/dl bLow HDL Level MEN
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for metabolic syndrome?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Many: First, most have an apple build, ie. Carry weight on the torso, rather than buttocks and extremities. Family hx of hbp, cholesterol problems, diabetes 2, and ASHD or mi, especially if strong. I obtain fasting lipids, insulin, hgba1c, and in females, free and total testosterone. The latter, since pcos is common. A lipid profile that suggests Insulin resistance is high triglycerides and low hdl.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Metabolic syndrome is commonly defined by: High blood pressure, High blood sugar levels, High levels of triglycerides, Low levels of HDL, and Too much fat around your waist. The real issue here is the role of insulin http://bit.ly/M7gpLB
Jul 5, 2012

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