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SILENT KILLER: 1 in 3 American’s have it and don’t realize it.

Apr 01, 2011 12:57AM ● By By Rebecca Hunton, MD

Has your doctor been talking with you about your cholesterol, your triglycerides, your blood pressure, your blood sugar? Have you heard about the increased risk of death associated with an increased waist circumference? Many healthcare providers address these issues individually, but taken together they make up Metabolic Syndrome. Medical literature commonly refers to this as Syndrome X or Insulin Resistance Syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome affects about a third of the U.S. population. It is associated with early aging, death and disability. Individuals with metabolic syndrome have the same risk of having a heart attack as someone who has already had one. Fortunately, metabolic syndrome isn’t determined by genetic destiny, but rather by our lifestyle choices. It is also progressive, and is amenable to intervention at any point along the way.

Both western medical and alternative medical practitioners are in agreement that treatment of this syndrome is absolutely essential to a healthy, vital lifestyle. The American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Functional Medicine agree that therapeutic lifestyle changes are the first line for treating metabolic syndrome. A focused approach of diet, exercise, and appropriate nutritional supplements individually tailored to a client’s laboratory and physical profile, provides the best hope for the reversal and cure of metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Hunton offers the First Line Therapy Program. She customizes the patient’s plan for weight loss and overall wellness based on individual needs. Wellspring Medical Center is located at 8040 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne. For more information call 321-254-6816 or visit