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What is metabolic syndrome?
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
13 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
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.
Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
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.
Dr. Philip Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Philip Kern
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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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
Dr. Steven Tucker
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.
Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree
In brief: High risk condition
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.

In brief: High risk condition
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. James Chu
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Michael Rothman
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