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Metabolic Syndrome Specialist

Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist

Maryam Zamanian, MD

Endocrinologist located in Plano, TX

Metabolic syndrome increases your risks of heart disease and diabetes. As a leading endocrinologist in Plano, TX and Dallas, TX, Dr. Zamanian helps patients with metabolic disorder understand the causes of metabolic syndrome and learn how to manage their disorder so they can reduce their risks for serious complications and enjoy better health.

Metabolic Syndrome

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions or risk factors that make a person much more likely to develop serious medical issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. The risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome include high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides in the blood, low levels of HDL cholesterol (sometimes called “good” cholesterol) and excess belly fat. While any one of these factors can increase the risk for serious health issues, when they occur together, the risks increase substantially. In fact, people with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease and five times as likely to develop diabetes.

What causes metabolic syndrome?

The specific cause of metabolic syndrome is not known, but researchers have identified risk factors that make someone more likely to experience the effects of the syndrome, including:

  • insulin resistance, a condition in which the insulin produced by the body does not work the way it should help the body use glucose, allowing blood sugar levels to rise

  • obesity, especially when a large amount of fat is concentrated in the belly region

  • poor diet, especially one high in processed foods

  • low levels of physical activity

  • hormonal imbalances

  • older age

  • the family history of type 2 diabetes or personal history of gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops during pregnancy)

  • personal history of cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Metabolic syndrome is usually diagnosed with blood tests to measure levels of cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure measurement and measurement of the waist circumference.

How is metabolic syndrome treated?

Often, metabolic syndrome can be treated with lifestyle changes, including eating a healthier diet, being more physically active and losing weight. When these conservative approaches aren't enough, medication may also be prescribed to help control blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and cholesterol levels.


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