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Metabolic Syndrome FAQs

Dr. Shiva Mohtashami is your family doctor in Morgan Hill, CA. She can help with diagnosis and treatment if you're concerned about metabolic syndrome. According to the American Heart Association, 47 million Americans have Metabolic Syndrome and it is still becoming more popular.

Having Metabolic syndrome in Morgan Hill, CA, dramatically increases your risk of developing serious health problems like diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Keep reading for the most common questions about metabolic syndrome, and come see us to be evaluated.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome, also called syndrome X by some doctors is actually a collection of conditions that often occur together. The major components of metabolic syndrome include obesity, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, insulin resistance (when you can't absorb insulin properly), and low levels of HDL cholesterol. Together, these conditions increase your risk of other health problems. To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you'd have at least three of these risk factors.

If I am overweight, do I have metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome can affect some patients at a healthy weight, but the biggest risk factors for the development of metabolic syndrome are weight gain and obesity. If you have extra abdominal fat or are more than 20 pounds overweight you could be at risk for metabolic syndrome.

How is metabolic syndrome treated?

Modifying your lifestyle with healthy choices and losing weight is the best way to treat metabolic syndrome. This might mean making big changes to your lifestyle, but you can start small and you'll have our support.

What can I do to prevent metabolic syndrome?

The best thing you can do is maintain a healthy weight by eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising for 30 minutes 5 times a week. Quitting smoking will also decrease your risk of heart problems. Most people can't quit on their own or on their first try, so don't get discouraged.

Dr. Shiva Mohtashami can help when you have metabolic syndrome Morgan Hill, CA. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of serious health problems but with healthy choices and our support, you can avoid those risks. Contact us for an appointment in Morgan Hill, CA, at (408) 659-7300.