Metabolic Disorder Treatment
Our program reduces life-threatening risks, reduces inflammation while aiding in pain relief
Just what are metabolic disorders?
Metabolism is the way your body breaks down basic components like proteins, carbohydrates (or sugars) and fats to use them as fuel. Metabolic disorders happen when these methods get disrupted. Some of these conditions are inherited or may develop over time. Metabolic disorders can develop if certain organs — for instance, your pancreas or liver — stop working properly. These disorders sometimes are genetic. They also can be due to a lack of a certain hormone or enzyme, eating too much of certain foods, or several other factors. Many metabolic conditions are the result of obesity and poor diet choices, allowing some control over them. Diabetes is just one metabolic condition that affects about 26 million Americans. When more than one metabolic factors coexist (comorbidity) in a person with a BMI over 25 or large waist size, they have a highly dangerous illness called Metabolic Syndrome. About one-third of Americans have metabolic syndrome. The most important risk factors are abdominal obesity (a large waistline), an inactive lifestyle and insulin resistance.
What causes metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is not a disease in and of itself. It is a group of risk factors that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The contributing conditions:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Heart Disease
• Fatty liver
• High blood sugar (insulin resistance)
• Excess fat around the waist
• High triglyceride (bad cholesterol) levels
• Low HDL (good cholesterol) levels
- What can be done?
- Although metabolic syndrome is a serious condition – potentially fatal – you can reduce your risks significantly by reducing your weight; increasing your physical activity; managing stress; eating a heart-healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fish; avoiding tobacco; and working with your healthcare provider to monitor and manage blood glucose, blood cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, treatment can reduce inflammation – a major contributing factor of pain.
How Long Will It Take?
It is important for the first couple months that you visit the Lags clinic weekly to check your progress, monitor your vital signs, and get a complete body composition analysis. The time on these programs will vary with the amount of weight needing to be dropped – this can range from two to six months.
Are There Side Affects?
During your treatment, we will closely monitor changes in your body – not just weight, but all aspects of the changes you experience. As with any medical treatment, there is a chance of some minor side effects as you adjust to the medications. We will discuss these with you before your treatment begins. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any chest pain, nervousness, heart pounding, difficulty urinating, mood changes, difficulty breathing or swelling. If you notice any effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
You CAN DO This!
It takes persistence and determination to make true lifestyle changes, and the trusted team at Lags Medical Centers can help you achieve your weight loss goals and lead a fuller, healthier life.
How are metabolic disorders treated?
A key step in reducing – or even reversing – metabolic conditions is done through weight loss and a proper diet. Eliminating obesity can greatly reduce risk of metabolic syndrome. Just a 6 percent drop in weight reduces likelihood of getting diabetes by 58 percent and can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Treatment of metabolic disorders also may increase your energy, improve your balance, allow better sleep, boost your immune system, and improve overall mood.
How do I get started?
Improving your health and reducing your risk is easy, just contact the Lags Medical Centers clinic nearest you. If you have metabolic syndrome, your insurance may cover treatment at no cost to you. Current Lags patients can just ask their provider about our Medication Assisted Treatments for Metabolic Disorders/Weight Loss.
Weight issues can affect all aspects of your life – not just physical ones. There also are emotional and social concerns to address. Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified obesity medicine specialists will design a customized plan to meet your specific needs. If you’re ready to make a true commitment, we can help by giving you the tools and support you’ll need on the road to a healthier lifestyle.
People become overweight for many reasons – overeating, lack of physical activity and exercise, genetics and lifestyle factors all influence your weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, fatty liver disease, kidney disease and other health issues. Losing weight will help lower your risk of developing these problems in the future.
Are There Side Effects?
During your treatment, we will closely monitor changes in your body – not just weight, but all aspects of the changes you experience. As with any medical treatment, there is a chance of some minor side effects as you adjust to the medications. We will discuss these with you before your treatment begins. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any chest pain, nervousness, heart pounding, difficulty urinating, mood changes, difficulty breathing or swelling. If you notice any effects not listed above, contact your provider.
“a 6 percent drop in weight
reduces likelihood of getting
diabetes by 58 percent…“
While your metabolism is largely responsible for turning calories into energy, it has little to do with how much weight you lose or gain. Other factors – such as how much you eat and exercise – play a much bigger role in your weight than your metabolism does.
Even at rest, your body is using a lot of energy just so you can survive – your body needs to breathe, pump blood, digest food, etc. And this accounts for about 70 percent of the total calories you use on a daily basis – and that’s with no physical activity. Energy needs for your body’s basic functions stay consistent; it’s a fixed number – there’s little we can do to change it.
Even though people like to lay the blame of weight gain at the feet of their metabolism, what we eat and drink, and the amount of daily exercise we get are the presiding factors when it comes to actual weight loss or gain. Regardless of their individual metabolic rates, if people consume more calories than what they burn on any given day, they will gain weight. Any calories not burned will be stored for use at a later time when we might not be able to eat enough. That’s just how the body operates. The only way you can cut down on weight is to either exercise more and/or eat less. This forces your body to burn the energy it has stored up – usually in the form of fat – leading to weight loss.