Do I Have Metabolic Syndrome?
If you are struggling to lose weight and have gained more weight around your belly, you may be suffering from metabolic syndrome. As we head into the holiday season and its dietary temptations, it is a good time of year to determine whether you have metabolic syndrome so you can navigate the holidays more successfully.
What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is not one specific disorder; it is a cluster of disorders that are closely associated with obesity and lack of regular exercise. It can be exacerbated by smoking and stress. Metabolic syndrome can be very complex and often goes undetected for months or years. Women especially will ignore and accept weight gain as part of aging, but if you are gaining weight mostly in your belly and have also been diagnosed with insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes, or have high blood sugar levels, metabolic syndrome may be the culprit.
Diagnosing Metabolic Syndrome
There are several factors used in diagnosing metabolic syndrome. The first is your waist measurement. If it is more than 36 inches, and if you also have a bad ratio of good and bad cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood sugar levels, you most likely have metabolic syndrome. While there are medications you can take to manage blood sugar, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides, aggressive changes in lifestyle can also make a big difference.
Treating Metabolic Syndrome
Our doctors have extensive experience guiding our patients toward a healthier diet and lifestyle. Even a small amount of weight loss can reduce blood pressure and sugar levels, reducing insulin resistance. While getting 30 minutes of exercise a day is important, it doesn’t have to be completed all at once. If you are suffering from metabolic syndrome or are interested in metabolic weight loss, the first step to restoring your health is to schedule a consultation with New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in New York City. Our specialists are highly experienced in integrative and functional medicine. Call one of our locations or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment today.