Think You May Have Metabolic Syndrome?

Think You May Have Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic Syndrome is commonly referred to as Syndrome X or Pre-Diabetes. It is perhaps the most dangerous of all health conditions because untreated it can lead to diabetes, heart disease and early death. Being just “a little overweight” is enough over time in many of us to lead to metabolic syndrome.

If you’re not sure what to ask our doctors, here are some basic questions:

  • Are the symptoms I’m experiencing now related to metabolic syndrome or some other condition?
  • What kinds of tests do I need to best manage my condition?
  • What else can I do to improve my health?
  • What other options do I have to manage the conditions that cause metabolic syndrome?
  • How do best manage all of these conditions together?
  • What restrictions do I need to follow?

One More Thing to Think About

We’re seeing more and more metabolic syndrome in younger patient populations.  And one of the first symptoms they experience is peripheral neuropathy.  Because nerve tissues are especially vulnerable to damage from diseases that affect the body’s ability to transform nutrients into energy or produce some of the components of cell repair (think diabetes), nerve damage and the resulting peripheral neuropathy is very common.

Classic symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are:

  • Tingling and/or burning in hands and feet
  • Neuralgic-like pains
  • Loss of the sense of touch or an inability to feel vibration
  • Temperature changes in the flesh – do your extremities feel excessively warm or cold?
  • Serious sleep disturbances with resultant depression or side effects from pain medication

If you have suspect a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and are now experiencing any of these symptoms, you don’t have to just live with it.

Please call us to schedule a visit at 781-659-7989 today!

Diabetes: A Not-So-Silent Enemy of Your Health

You probably know someone with diabetes. You might even suffer from this condition yourself.

But did you know that diabetes can often be improved or as in the case of milder forms of Type 2 Diabetes controlled naturally? Before we get into the details of treatment, let’s take a closer look at diabetes: what it is, who gets it, and how it affects the body.

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a simple – yet very serious – disorder of metabolism, or the body’s process of digesting food for energy use. When we eat, the body converts the food into glucose, a form of sugar, which is then ushered into their body’s cells by the hormone insulin. From there, the glucose can be used to supply energy to the body. People with diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin to handle the amount of glucose being produced or their bodies can’t use the insulin as intended. Either way, the glucose pools in the body’s blood, potentially causing such serious complications as heart disease and nerve and kidney damage.

Who is at risk? Roughly 23 million people in the U.S.  have one of the two types of diabetes, and those affected vary widely in age, gender, and race. Regardless of the type a person suffers from, the condition is not contagious and therefore cannot be passed along from one person to another. 

Type 1 occurs most often in children of both genders, but is more common in Caucasians than those of other races. Type 2 is frequently found in people aged 20 and older, particularly those who are overweight.

What can you do to protect yourself?

According to recent studies, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can significantly lower your risk of becoming affected by this lifelong condition.

The True Threat

Diabetes isn’t just a lifelong condition; it can also be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated correctly. In fact, diabetes is considered to be the fifth deadliest disorder in the United States, and has been called a growing epidemic worldwide.

What are the symptoms?

Some symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Extreme hunger
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent, recurring infections

Many times, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms, which makes the condition much harder to diagnose and treat.

Let us help you maintain better health habits!

In our office, we often see the major impacts of pain and immobility. Many health conditions we treat in our offices every day interfere with exercise and walking in particular. Compounded by poor diet and exercise habits, the consequences can be devastating. We would be more than happy to examine your unique situation and determine the treatment plan that is just right for you. Plus, if you are already diabetic, we can help you implement better diabetic care.

Don’t wait for the devastating consequences of poor health and fitness. Your family and children will thank you!

Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule your balance and coordination visit, and start to feel better TODAY!