In this Clinical Minute, Dr. Annalouise O’Connor discusses the five health factors that must be addressed for a patient with metabolic syndrome, a condition that elevates the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It is very common.
Having any three of these five risk factors puts patients at elevated risk for poor cardiovascular health outcomes:
- Increased waist circumference
- Elevated systolic blood pressure
- Elevated plasma glucose
- Elevated triglycerides
- Low HDL Cholesterol
The best medical nutrition therapy approach to managing metabolic syndrome includes intake of the right macronutrient composition, plenty of fiber, ingredients that reduce LDL cholesterol, and ingredients that manage inflammation and oxidative stress.
Including polyphenols and xanthohumol in the diet is important to reduce these risk factors.