Natural Treatments for Metabolic Syndrome Using Nutraceuticals to Thwart a Deadly Trend*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D.

Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X or cardiovascular metabolic syndrome, is comprised of hyperlipidemia (elevated triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein [HDL] cholesterol), central (abdominal) obesity, hypertension, and concomitant insulin resistance/glucose intolerance. Although no specific cause-and- effect relationship has been established, the outcomes of these associative factors are significantly increased risks for developing diabetes and heart disease.

Eric S. Freedland, M.D., a senior editor, based in Boston, Massachusetts, of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders,* notes that “the escalating worldwide epidemic of metabolic syndrome affects each of us—either directly or indirectly. It demands multidisciplinary efforts and cooperation to [e]nsure better understanding of its causes and to develop effective approaches to preventing and treating its associated conditions.”

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