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Metabolic Syndrome

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Dr. Hahn is  an experienced podiatric surgeon certified  by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery,  and  has a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Hahn has practiced naturopathic medicine in conjunction with podiatric medicine utilizing nutraceutical and homeopathic treatments for various medical conditions. He helped formulate several nutraceutical products for nutraceutical manufacturers.  

He also teaches, consults and lectures extensively at  medical schools and physician group organizations across the country.

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart ailments and other health problems.

Five medical conditions contribute to metabolic risk factors and if the individual has at least three of the risk factors they can be diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome.

  1. Abdominal obesity or a person having an “apple shape” is at greater risk factor for heart ailments than other parts of the body such as fat on the hips. As defined by the International Diabetes Federation 94 cm or 37 inches for males, and greater than 80 cm or 31.5 inches, for females. A body mass index of greater than 30 kg /per meter squared
  2. A high triglyceride level, as defined by the World Health Organization of 150 mg/per deciliter or 1.7 mmol per liter
  3. A low HDL (healthy cholesterol) level. High density lipoproteins help remove cholesterol plaque from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease. Reduced HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL, is another risk factor.
  4. High blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over a period of time, it can cause damage to your heart and blood vessels. Blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg is considered a risk factor.
  5. High fasting blood sugar greater than 100 mg/dL or a person that’s been previously diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic.

Other factors that can contribute to metabolic syndrome are the following: chronic stress creating high cortisol levels which raise glucose and insulin levels.

Physical inactivity is a predictor of cardiovascular events and related mortality.

Metabolic syndrome affects 44% of the US population older than 50 years. And the percentage of women having metabolic syndrome is higher than that of men.

Natural Treatments for Metabolic Syndrome

  1. Concentrated Bergamonte extract has been shown to reduce cholesterol and increase HDL levels, and also reduce blood sugar levels in people with metabolic syndrome.
  2. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce BMI and blood pressure.
  3. The addition of supplements to the diet such as: chromium, R- alpha lipoic acid and biotin, vitamin D, have been shown in studies to help control blood sugar levels improve liver function and reduce the long-term risk of developing type II diabetes associated with metabolic syndrome.

To help prevent metabolic syndrome you need to emphasize a nutrient-rich, quality protein diet including fish, chicken, eggs, and fiber rich vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Avoid eating starches such as bread and pasta and sugary foods to help stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels.

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