Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of metabolic abnormalities that tend to occur simultaneously and share a common cause: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. This combination of dysfunction in turn vastly increases the risk of more serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. More than a third of Americans meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome yet there is no mystery as to the cause of this epidemic. Obesity and inactivity are the culprits but again traditional treatment eschews addressing these issues and instead too often falls back upon pharmacologic management. This robs individuals of a chance for healing and dooms them to lifelong drug use, with its ever present risk of side effects and toxicity. Worse yet, often the progress of the dysfunction proceeds unchecked leading to decreased quality of life and longevity.
At Plum Spring Clinic we tackle the causes metabolic syndrome head on. This means more than providing handouts on physical activity and heart healthy diets. It means we take the time to understand the deeper roots which often include stress, depression, lack of knowledge or resources, or inadequate social support. As with most disease states, the conditions that make up metabolic syndrome are biochemically self reinforcing. We can also help to break this vicious cycle by uncovering and treating conditions that are both caused by metabolic abnormalities but also contribute or interfere with treatment. These conditions include alterations in gut flora, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and hormone imbalances. If you suffer from one or more of the conditions that comprise metabolic syndrome, Plum Spring Clinic can help you restore proper functioning to your metabolism. And in the process, vastly improve your prospects for long and healthy life.