Treatment Options Including Medication
Essentially, there are two options for the treatment of metabolic syndrome. It really boils down to a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. The fact is, most of the treatment is totally up to the patient. If the patient doesn’t make the lifestyle changes, necessary medication isn’t going to be enough to prevent complications in most cases.
Let’s look at the two types of treatment you can get for your metabolic syndrome.
Depending on the co-conditions you have, your doctor may want to prescribe medication to you for these conditions. Some issues are more important to tackle via meds than others, and your doctor is the best person to help you make that choice. You can always cut down or eliminate medication once your lifestyle changes take effect.
* High Blood Pressure – There are numerous drugs that your doctor can choose from to treat your high blood pressure. What type they choose will depend on the type of high blood pressure you have and what your doctor thinks the issue is, plus any other conditions you have and any meds you already take. They may choose diuretics, beta blockers, angiotensin II receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, or a combination of all the above.
* High Cholesterol – Reducing your bad cholesterol and improving your good cholesterol with medication means taking one of five different types of meds: statins, niacin, fibrates, bile acid resin drugs, and PCSK9 inhibitors. Again, it will largely depend on your own history plus your doctor’s experience and preferences.
* Diabetes – The type of diabetes you have will determine if you need meds or not, and if it’s a “try the med or diet first” approach. Some choices for diabetes are insulin, metformin, sulfonylureas, meglitinides, thiazolidinediones, DPP-4 inhibitors, GLP-1 receptor agonists, and SGLT2 inhibitors.
* Blood Clot Prevention – Blood clots can technically cause strokes and heart attack, so if you’re in danger of them your doctor may prescribe an aspirin regimen or some other blood thinning agent.
Whether you really need these drugs or not depends on your situation and all the factors. You can, however, sometimes use lifestyle changes to reverse your condition, depending on how bad it is and your willingness to change.
You and your doctor may prefer to get you to change your lifestyle. You have to be willing to do this, but you do have a lot of control over your health. The main lifestyle changes will be about eating right, losing weight, and moving more.
* Eat Healthily – Eating a diet high in nutrients while low in fat and processed food is an important way to combat metabolic syndrome and reverse any of the complications caused by it. If you’re unsure of what to do, ask your doctor for a referral to a dietician who is knowledgeable about metabolic syndrome.
* Lose Weight – If you’re overweight, you have a bigger chance of developing metabolic syndrome. In fact, 60 percent of people who are obese have metabolic syndrome. Losing weight will cut your chances exponentially.
* Exercise – Moving more is going to help your cardiovascular system, and it will help you keep your blood sugar lower. You don’t even have to do that much. Moving at a moderate pace for just 150 minutes a week will make all the difference.
* Quit Smoking – Does anything really have to be said about not smoking? Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your health. If you want to get healthier, you must quit.
Incorporating lifestyle changes will help combat metabolic syndrome. However, you must be committed to taking it seriously. One reason most doctors simply choose to medicate people is that patients are not compliant with requests to lose weight or change their lifestyle.