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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome in the US

Metabolic syndrome, also referred to as syndrome X, is a term that is often used both inside and outside of the medical community, likely because its presence in society has become ubiquitous. According to a recent JAMA article, 35% of all US adults, and 50% of those 60 years of age or older, were estimated to have metabolic syndrome in 2011-2012. The authors noted that this high prevalence in the oldest age group is “a concerning observation given the aging US population.”

Prevalence is highest in women compared with men, and certain ethnic groups are more affected than others. In read more…

Hidden Disruptions in Metabolic Syndrome

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Hidden Disruptions in Metabolic Syndrome: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion as a Pathway to Accelerated Pathophysiology of Metabolic Syndrome

James B. LaValle, RPh, MS, CCN

One of the potential challenges facing healthcare professionals today is the problem of drug-induced disease. With polypharmacy prescribing occurring in younger and younger populations, it is becoming increasingly important to assess nutrient depletion risks as they relate to future symptoms, conditions, or progression of disease.

One of the most significant issues facing healthcare in the United States today is the epidemic of individuals with diagnosed obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease or who are exhibiting an increased risk of developing any combination of the 3. Combinations of prediabetic conditions such as elevated blood glucose read more…

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