Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors that dramatically increases the chance of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health problems. According to a national health survey, more than one in five Americans has metabolic syndrome and this incidence increases with age, affecting more than 40 percent of people in their 60s and 70s.
While the exact cause is not known, metabolic syndrome is often a result of “insulin resistance.” the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently to lower glucose and triglyceride levels. Insulin resistance is due to a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. Lifestyle factors can include diet, activity and perhaps interrupted sleep patterns (such as sleep apnea).
Consistently high levels of insulin and glucose are linked to many harmful changes to the body, including: hypertension, kidney failure, diabetes, loss of vision, neuropathy, as well as increased blood clotting and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. At CIRH, we can make modifications in your diet and lifestyle as well as prescribe the proper supplements and hormones if necessary to alter manifestations of metabolic syndrome.