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Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

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It is important to understand the metabolic syndrome is not an illness in itself, but rather a collection of conditions considered risk factors for related health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. There are five risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, which tend to occur together. A patient must have a minimum of three risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome in Vail and Tucson.

Did you know that more than one in three adults in the U.S. is obese? Another third are not obese, but do have a large waistline due to being overweight. Since excess belly fat is a major metabolic syndrome risk factor, people who struggle with being overweight or obese should see a Vail internal medicine physician to discover strategies and treatments for losing weight and reducing metabolic syndrome risk.

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to obesity, what are the other risk factors for metabolic syndrome?

There are four other metabolic syndrome risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels. In general, the more risk factors a person has, the greater the risk of developing diseases and complications like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, can exacerbate the dangers of metabolic syndrome and further increase the risk of developing a serious illness or suffering an adverse event, such as a heart attack or stroke.

What are the treatments for people with metabolic syndrome in Vail or Tucson?

The most effective means of treating metabolic syndrome are not medically induced, but rather contributed to a patient’s lifestyle changes. There are several steps a person can take to address each of the metabolic syndrome risk factors, including obesity. Exercise, for example, can not only help a person lose weight, but it can also help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. Similarly, eating a healthy diet that is low in saturate fats, trans-fats, salt and processed sugar can help improve blood glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure.

What will my doctor do about my weight?

The job of your physician is to help you become the healthiest version of yourself possible. If you require additional support outside of lifestyle changes to manage your metabolic syndrome, Vail Medical Center and Weightloss may recommend certain types of medical interventions, such as medications and procedures designed to encourage weight loss, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, manage blood sugar levels and lower triglycerides. You may also be placed on a low-dose aspirin to help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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