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Metabolic Syndrome 101

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 in Heart Health

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If your doctor has diagnosed metabolic or cardio-metabolic syndrome, it means you have three or more medical conditions that raise your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and many other health issues.

These conditions include:

  • Large waistline
  • High blood sugar or blood pressure
  • High level of triglycerides (the fats found in the blood that can cause heart disease)
  • Low HDL cholesterol level (this “good” cholesterol helps remove “bad” cholesterol from your arteries; low levels indicate you are at risk for heart disease)

Fortunately, you can prevent or overcome metabolic syndrome by making healthy lifestyle changes. Mills-Peninsula’s Cardio-Metabolic Program provides comprehensive coaching and education to help participants develop and maintain healthy lifestyles tailored to individual needs.

“Each participant benefits from the experience and knowledge of our team of cardiologists, endocrinologists, nurses, dietitians, exercise specialists and other health experts,” says Tak Poon, M.D., cardiologist and medical director of the Cardio-Metabolic Program.

The 16-week, small-group program provides:

  • A medically prescribed, individually chosen, sustainable eating plan
  • Personalized, achievable fitness activities
  • Expert coaching in stress management skills and self esteem in a supportive environment
  • Body-mind-spirit practices to build a sense of well-being

Participants’ health and lab results are monitored throughout the program and shared with the patient’s referring doctor.

“People who have attended the program come back and tell us they feel healthier and happier; it’s very rewarding,” says Dr. Poon. “This is the true essence of our program – we want to rekindle each participant’s joy of living and help them embrace a healthier life.”

Thanks to the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, scholarships are available for this fee-based program.

To learn more about the Cardio-Metabolic Program, including a free informational class taught by Dr. Poon, call 650-652-8600.