About one-third of Americans have metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases your risk for serious, long-term health complications. At Valley Natural Health, Sonal Patel, ND, and the medical team offer onsite screening services to determine if you have risk factors for metabolic syndrome. They also design customized treatment plans to help you better manage your cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and weight to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and other complications. Call the office in Fresno, California, to schedule a screening for metabolic syndrome or book a consultation online today.

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What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome describes various conditions that occur together and increase your risk for stroke, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. Conditions involved in this syndrome can include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Excess body fat around the ways
  • Abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels

When you have just one of these issues, it doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, you can be at greater risk for serious disease.

Many cases of metabolic syndrome link directly to obesity and an inactive lifestyle. You may also be at increased risk for metabolic syndrome if you have insulin resistance, which is a condition where your cells don’t respond to the insulin hormone that helps convert food to energy.

When should I seek treatment for metabolic syndrome?

The conditions that make up metabolic syndrome don’t typically cause symptoms until they become more advanced. This means you can be at risk for health complications for some time without knowing it.

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for metabolic syndrome at Valley Natural Health if you already know that you have Type 2 diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels, hypertension, or excess body fat around your waist.

The team also recommends that you schedule a consultation if it’s been some time since your last appointment for a physical and preventive health screening.

They can use onsite blood tests and other diagnostic services to evaluate your general health and determine if you have risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

How is metabolic syndrome treated?

The Valley Natural Health team offers customized treatment plans to manage metabolic syndrome and the conditions that contribute to it.

Typically, treatment plans involve lifestyle and diet changes that lower your blood pressure, help you lose weight, and stabilize your blood sugar levels. These changes may include:

  • Eating a healthy, low-fat diet
  • Getting 30 minutes of daily exercise
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing stress

If these changes aren’t enough to control your condition, you might need to take prescription medications that address issues with your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

Valley Natural Health also offers intravenous (IV) therapy that provides you with essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to boost your overall health. IV therapy can also address deficiencies in your diet that contribute to weight challenges and other issues.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for metabolic syndrome, call Valley Natural Health or book an appointment online today.