360 Medical Weight Specialists
Anne Gartner, D.O.
Weight Management Specialist located in Walnut Creek, CA
Certain health issues, such as having high blood pressure or a large midsection, can cause problems on their own. But when you have a cluster of health issues such as these, you may have metabolic syndrome, which means you’re at risk of developing more serious health conditions. Dr. Anne Gartner at 360 Medical Weight Specialists in Walnut Creek, California, provides medically supervised lifestyle modification techniques to help you regain control of your health and reduce your risk of chronic medical issues related to metabolic syndrome. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Metabolic Syndrome Q & A
What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of symptoms that increase your risk of developing chronic health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, or stroke.
The symptoms include:
- High blood pressure
- Elevated LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol
- High blood sugar
- Excess fat around the waist, also known as an apple shape
- High triglycerides
To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, you must have at least three of these symptoms. However, each of these health issues carries its own dangers. Even if you only have one of the symptoms, you should take the appropriate steps to improve it.
What causes metabolic syndrome?
If you’re overweight or obese, you’re at greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Insulin resistance, which is when your insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, can’t get sugar from your bloodstream into the cell to supply energy, is also a contributing factor.
You may also be at risk of metabolic syndrome if you have other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, fatty liver, or cardiovascular disease.
What can I do to improve my health?
Dr. Gartner and her team at 360 Medical Weight Specialists can design a plan to help you regain control of your health and prevent serious health risks posed by the advance of metabolic syndrome. Dr. Gartner develops a customized lifestyle plan that includes diet and exercise to help improve your condition and reduce the associated symptoms. She works with you weekly, providing both guidance and support as you progress through the program.
If you need to lose weight, Dr. Gartner tailors a program to meet your weight, health, and wellness goals. She also continues to monitor you and your health well after you’ve lost the pounds through a structured weight maintenance program.
If these lifestyle changes fail to alleviate some your symptoms, Dr. Gartner partners with your primary care physician to discuss whether you would benefit from medications aimed at lowering your blood pressure or improving your cholesterol.
Dr. Gartner and her team are dedicated to helping you improve your health and wellness via lifestyle modification. To reduce the risk of complications associated with metabolic syndrome, call 360 Medical Weight Specialists today, or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation.
Laboratory evaluation is offered, to review risks associated with metabolic syndrome and obesity. Lipids, thyroid hormone levels, electrolytes, liver and kidney function tests, glucose and insulin levels, inflammatory markers, and vitamin levels are reviewed to evaluate cardiovascular risk factors. We do offer follow-up labs in the process of weight loss and are able to visibly see reversal of many of these risk factors.
For more information, please call our offices.