Category Archives: Metabolic syndrome

Can skinny be fat?

You’re going to hate this. Dr. Romero-Corral and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic presented an analysis of the National Institutes of Health-funded National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-3) at the recent American College of Cardiology meetings. (Science Daily also … Continue reading

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“Drug no cure for gluttony”

That’s the headline I’d like to see associated with rosiglitazone, brand name Avandia. The recent negative press, whether deserved or not, surrounding the prescription drug rosiglitazone for pre-diabetes and diabetes highlights the fact that drugs never–never–substitute for what we can … Continue reading

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Rosiglitazone not so rosy?

Dr. Steve Nissen of the Cleveland Clinic published a study that suggests that the pre-diabetes and diabetes drug, rosiglitazone, may increase likelihood of heart attack by 43%. I say “suggests” because the analysis was something called a “meta-analysis”, a re-examination … Continue reading

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Metabolic syndrome–cured

Peter started out at age 59 at 248 lbs, standing 6 ft tall (BMI = 33.6!). Along with his weight, Peter had the entire panel of phenemena of the so-called “metabolic syndrome”, or pre-diabetes: –Triglycerides 238 mg/dl and associated with … Continue reading

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Are you a skinny fat person?

AT 186 lbs. and 5 feet 10 inches, Doug did not regard himself as overweight. Sure, he had a little extra “love handles”, a small bulge in the belly and a waist of 34 inches. But he was by no … Continue reading

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The recognition of the metabolic syndrome as a distinct collection of factors that raise heart disease risk has been a great step forward in helping us understand many of the causes behind heart disease. Curiously, there’s not complete agreement on … Continue reading

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Pre-diabetes with normal blood sugar

We pay special attention to pre-diabetes, in all its varied manifestations, in the Track Your Plaque program. This is because these factors are potent instigators of coronary plaque growth. Early in the Track Your Plaque program we ignored these measures. … Continue reading

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Who cares if you’re pre-diabetic?

Marta is a smart lady. She’s worked in hospital laboratories for the last 23 years and knows many of the ins and outs of lab tests and their implications. After years of being told that her cholesterol was acceptable, she … Continue reading

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