Metabolic Syndrome Randy Horwitz, MD, PhD

The Metabolic Syndrome is a complex disorder which consists of impaired glucose tolerance (insulin resistance), abdominal obesity, elevated triglycerides, atherogenic dyslipidemia, and elevated blood pressure. It has been described as the fastest growing epidemic in today's healthcare, affecting about 47 million people, including 44% of those in the 50-year and older age group. Left uncontrolled, the Metabolic Syndrome greatly increases the risk of diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke. In this workshop, we will discuss the pathophysiology, clinical features, and treatment options (conventional and non-conventional) for Metabolic Syndrome. It is important to recognize the risk factors and early signs of this condition, and institute appropriate interventions.