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Difficulty Losing Weight Could Be Red Flag For Heart Disease

One in four adults suffer from a largely undiagnosed syndrome that prevents them from losing weight

A businessman relaxes in an outdoor garden setting.

Trying to lose those holiday pounds may be harder than you think, especially if you’re one of the 33% of adults who suffer from Metabolic syndrome, also called Syndrome X.

Quickly becoming one of the major public health concerns in the United States, Metabolic syndrome has emerged as a precursor for both cardiovascular disease and diabetes — and it’s not something detected in a routine physical with a primary care doctor.

At Scripps Center for Executive Health, it’s just one of the risk factors screened for as each patient is teamed with 15 expert doctors and healthcare professionals for the day-long exam.

Screening for Metabolic syndrome

An Executive Physical is an aggressive approach to preventative medicine with a complete series of screening, diagnostic tests and evaluations addressing an individual’s risks based on their age, gender, heredity and lifestyle.

Tests and diagnostic procedures are completed with state-of-the-art equipment and leading edge techniques not typically accessible by the general physician. These comprehensive diagnostics enable Scripps physicians to detect disease and illness in their earliest stages, allowing for high recovery rates.

Metabolic syndrome, characterized by insulin resistance, high blood sugar, obesity marked by a pot belly, abnormal blood lipids, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, is likely caused by some combination of obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diet and genetic factors.

Providing comprehensive care

As part of the executive physical, exercise and nutrition plans are developed that can be incorporated into the sometimes harried lives of business professionals, including help with weight management, stress management and illness prevention, as well as the use of vitamin supplements and mind-body relaxation techniques.

Metabolic syndrome is currently the focus of intensive research efforts by public and private scientific institutions, and new therapies and strategies are starting to emerge for managing it, according to Laura Johnson, Executive Director of the La Jolla-based Scripps Center for Executive Health.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 47 million Americans suffer from metabolic syndrome, a rapidly growing number that is likely due to our society’s general lack of regard for physical activity and healthy diets.

“The good news is that lifestyle changes can successfully control metabolic syndrome,” Johnson says. “Losing as little as 10 percent of current body weight will lower risk factors.”

Scripps Center for Executive Health provides the most comprehensive physical exam in the West. For more than 20 years, the medical team at Scripps has been able to detect disease and illness in its earliest stages, allowing for high recovery rates.It’s an aggressive approach to preventative medicine with state-of-the-art equipment and leading edge techniques.