Overcoming Metabolic Syndrome
55 Million Americans are Affected by Metabolic
Syndrome and Insulin Resistance
If you're an adult in America, there's a 27 percent chance that
you have metabolic syndrome. Even though it affects 55 million
people in the United States, you may not have heard of this
syndrome, much less understand it. It is actually a group of
metabolic disorders--obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal
cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure. While each of
these problems can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke,
and diabetes, the collective effect of metabolic syndrome
significantly increases the risk of death from these diseases.
The good news is that you can overcome this deadly
syndrome. Understanding the complexities of metabolic
syndrome are the first step. The authors, Dr. Scott Isaacs, an
endocrinologist and Dr. Fred Vagnini, a cardiologist, have
treated thousands of patients. They understand your concerns
and need for answers to questions such as:
How do you know if you have metabolic syndrome?
What is insulin resistance? Why is it a critical issue?
How do you overcome metabolic syndrome?
How important is weight loss?
What is the role of exercise?
Which medications are used to treat the syndrome?
Informative without being alarmist, this guide to living with
metabolic syndrome offers the latest and broadest advice on a
poorly understood ailment. Metabolic syndrome is complex,
comprising a collection of health risks that can increase a
patient's chance of developing other problems, such as heart
disease, stroke, and diabetes. The symptoms and causes of
metabolic syndrome are similarly tangled, and this book is
written to cut through the confusion and clearly explain what a
patient faces if he or she receives this diagnosis. Complex
topics such as the factors that cause metabolic syndrome, how
to overcome symptoms, choosing a physician, and coping with
the emotional impact of the disease are clearly explained. Free
of jargon, the text covers easily implementable patient
strategies for mitigating the effects of metabolic syndrome,
including exercise and nutrition. The newest medical treatment
options—including clinical trials—are outlined, providing many
tools for the estimated 55 million people who live with this
syndrome. Indispensable for sufferers and their friends and
family, this handbook both comforts and educates readers on
living a full life in the face of a difficult disorder.