Medical Weight Loss in Olympia
What is metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is the combination of certain medical conditions that can increase a person’s chances of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. If you suffer from just one of the below conditions, it does not mean that you have metabolic syndrome. However, when a patient has more than one of the below conditions, it is usually considered metabolic syndrome, and increases your risk of serious medical problems if not treated properly.
Conditions associated with metabolic syndrome include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Excess body fat in the midsection / waist
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- Abnormal triglyceride levels
What causes metabolic syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is closely linked with being overweight or obese and having an inactive lifestyle. The condition is also linked with insulin resistance, which means the body is unable to respond properly to the production of insulin in order to convert glucose into energy. In effect, glucose levels rise despite the body’s attempt to control the glucose by producing more and more insulin.
What are the risk factors for metabolic syndrome?
Risk factors for metabolic syndrome include:
- Weight – being overweight (especially if excess weight is located in the midsection) increases your chances of developing metabolic syndrome
- Age – those who are older in age (especially over 45 years old) may have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome
- Diabetes – having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or a family history of type 2 diabetes makes metabolic syndrome more likely
- Other diseases – having certain diseases, including cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) all increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome
What are the symptoms of metabolic syndrome?
Individuals with metabolic syndrome often experience no symptoms at all, aside from a large waist circumference in some cases. In patients experiencing high blood sugar, the following symptoms may be present:
- Increased thirst or dehydration
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
What is medical weight loss?
Medical weight loss, like regular weight loss, is aimed at helping individuals lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle through changes such as diet and exercise. However, with medical weight loss (also known as doctor supervised weight loss) individuals get access to trained medical professionals who can offer both medical insight and practical advice to patients trying to lose weight and maintain weight loss. At Shawna Purcell, MD, we offer a wide range of weight management services and weight loss services designed to target the root cause of weight problems and help patients lose weight safely and effectively and keep the weight off long term. We have a special focus in helping patients dealing with diabetes (including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes) as well as metabolic syndrome.
What does medical weight loss involve?
At Shawna Purcell, MD, our team of expert providers uses the latest technologies, such as the InBody body composition analyzer combined with personalized traditional methods like exercise and nutritional counseling to help our patients safely and effectively meet their weight goals. Our clinic is dedicated to providing patients with the tools they need to maintain a healthy weight long term. We customize a weight loss service and plan that is unique to each patient’s personal needs, offering:
- Personalized exercise and nutritional counseling
- Weight loss supplements
- Weight management classes
- Fat emulsification treatment (Verju laser)
If you are struggling to lose weight or believe you may be suffering from metabolic syndrome, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in medical weight loss in order to access the tools and guidance needed to manage your condition. Shawna Purcell, MD is home to a team of medical experts with extensive backgrounds in metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and weight loss services. Call 360-596-4614 today or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment now.