Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe a number of disorders that happen all at the same time. Doctors may diagnose you with metabolic syndrome if you are suffering from at least three of the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Central obesity
  • Low HDL
  • High triglycerides

Metabolic syndrome can significantly increase your risk for developing heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes.

The Causes

If you suffer from metabolic syndrome, it could be due to the genetic makeup you inherited from your parents, problems associated with being overweight, or the result of leading an inactive lifestyle. Whatever the source of the problem, metabolic syndrome is most often related to insulin resistance.

High insulin levels can also increase the amount of fat in your blood inhibiting the natural function of your kidneys. This can lead to high blood pressure. If left unchecked, high blood pressure can develop into a cardiovascular disease or even a stroke.


If you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, the first step a metabolic syndrome doctor will likely take is to recommend a comprehensive list of lifestyle changes. These may include:

  • Fitness programs
  • Modifications to your diet
  • Dietary supplements

Pharmaceuticals may also be prescribed in conjunction with a wellness program. These are generally medications specifically designed to lower your cholesterol.

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Lakshmi Prasad, MD

Lakshmi Prasad, MD

Dr.Lakshmi Prasad M.D., M.S., FAARM is a Board Certified Internist specializing in Integrative Medicine. She has a Masters Degree in Nutritional & Metabolic Medicine and is a Board Certified fellow in Anti-aging & Regenerative Medicine.

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